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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Released 1969

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Director:
George Roy Hill
Released:
1969
Rating:
PG
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 western detailing the final days of the legendary American outlaws. After a long absence, Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) return to their gang, the Hole in the Wall Gang, to find that they have selected a new leader, Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy). After defeating Logan, Butch and the gang agree to stage a series of dramatic train robberies. The first goes well, and the whole gang heads to a brothel to celebrate while the Sundance Kid visits his girlfriend, Etta Place (Katharine Ross). The second robbery, however, is a disaster because Butch accidentally blows the safe to smithereens, scattering money everywhere. Worse, another train quickly arrives carrying a group of lawmen who begin hunting Butch and Sundance. They think they escape from the posse by traveling to New York and Bolivia, but eventually the lawman catch up with them and Butch and Sundance have to decide whether they should keep running or stage a dramatic last stand.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety

    Action dwells upon the misadventures of the pair as they pursue the outlaw trail, but more importantly, packs the type of fast movement the title indicates.

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The over-all production is very handsome, and the performances fine, especially Newman, Redford, and Miss Ross, who must be broadly funny and straight, almost simultaneously.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This good movie is buried beneath millions of dollars that were spent on "production values" that wreck the show.

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Heist, Westerns, Military & War, Classics