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butch_cassidy__med Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts, after his stunt man was unable to stay on the bike. The only one he didn't do was the scene where Butch crashes backwards into the fence, which was performed by cinematographer Conrad L. Hall.


Paul Newman sawed George Roy Hill’s desk in half “because he wouldn’t pay his bill for liquor which he borrowed from my office.”


Etta Place was a real life mystery. One theory is that she was an innkeeper from Fort Worth named Eunice Gray, who died in a fire in 1962.


Robert Redford wanted to do his own stunts, but Paul Newman objected, saying “I don’t want any heroics around here … I don’t want to lose a co-star.”


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Directed by George Roy Hill, this 1969 Oscar winning movie stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross. The screenplay was written by William Golden and music for the film was written by Burt Bacharach; both received Academy Awards for their work on the film.

Plot Summary
When the wild west was being tamed by law and order, free enterprise and the railroads two unorthodox outlaws led the Hole in the Wall Gang on raids and robberies until the railroad authorities took exception to the redistribution of wealth. Paul Newman plays the charming, philosophical leader, supported by the loyal, laconic, Robert Redford. Their iconic performances are balanced adequately by Katharine Ross as Etta, friend of Butch and girlfriend of Sundance.

The story line and the ending are predictable, which is part of the point. The quirks, both visual and verbal; humor; irony; and even the music, are what makes this story different. It is clearly the end of an era, which even pertained to the genre, never again seriously filmed. The movie is silly and funny and trite, but also original and well acted. A worthy and nostalgic way to spend an evening.

Butch Cassidy: "Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals."

Butch Cassidy: "Kid, the next time I say, “Let’s go someplace like Bolivia,” let’s GO someplace like Bolivia."

Butch has just ridden Etta on his bicycle. Sundance Kid: "Hey, what are you doin’?" Butch Cassidy: "Stealin” your woman?" Sundance Kid: (sigh) "Take her." Butch Cassidy: "Well, you’re a romantic bastard, I’ll give you that."

Etta, to Butch: "Do you know what you’re doin’?" Butch Cassidy: "Theoretically."

Butch Cassidy, running low on ammunition in a shoot-out with Bolivian police: "We’re going to run out unless we can get to that mule and get some more." Sundance Kid: "I’ll go." Butch Cassidy: "This is not time for bravery. I’ll let you."

Sundance Kid: "You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at."

IMDb, TCMDb, NY Times Movie Reviews, Wikipedia

Hollywood at Home
Film Trivia with host Victoria Lucas