AFI #73 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - PosterButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1969

Directed by George Roy Hill

Netflix says… Legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) display their gifts for perfect comedic timing and charisma as they pull off heist after heist in this Academy Award-winning film from director George Roy Hill. To evade a relentless posse, the boys flee to Bolivia, thinking they’ll find easier pickings there. But trouble finds the charming desperadoes wherever they go, prompting yet another run.

This is one I’m a little surprised I’ve never sat down to watch before. But it’s probably because I generally go into things assuming I’m not going to like a western. I need to stop assuming that because I thought this was a pretty great movie. I may not have seen the whole thing before, but certain scenes have been shown so many times that they’re burned into my brain: Butch riding the bicycle with Etta to the song stylings of BJ Thomas, Butch and Sundance jumping off a cliff to evade their pursuers, and their last stand in Bolivia. Despite knowing the ending, I still kind of hoped that they would make it out okay. Spoiler alert… it’s likely they didn’t.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Fall

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One thought on “AFI #73 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  1. When I was in high school, I went to see this movie with my boyfriend. It’s the night he told me he loved me (in the high school sort of way) and it became “our movie”. I, too, have never liked westerners, but my romance aside, this movie is in a class by itself.

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