Source:The New Democrat
“Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the standard for the “buddy film” with this box office smash set in the Old West. The Sundance Kid (Redford) is the frontier’s fastest gun. His sidekick, Butch Cassidy (Newman), is always dreaming up new ways to get rich fast. If only they could blow open a baggage car without also blowing up the money-filled safe inside… Or remember that Sundance can’t swim before they escape a posse by leaping off a cliff into rushing rapids… Times are changing in the west and life is getting tougher.
“So Butch and Sundance pack their guns, don new duds, and, with Sundance’s girlfriend (Katharine Ross), head down to Bolivia. Never mind that they don’t speak Spanish – they’ll manage somehow. A winner of four Academy Awards (including best screenplay and best song), here is a thoroughly enjoyable blend of fact and fancy done with true affection for a bygone era and featuring the two flashiest, friendliest funniest outlaws who ever called out “hands up!”
From 20th Century Fox
Paul Newman and Robert Redford are Buch and Sundance. And I could leave at that, at least for anyone who has seen the movie and understands. They made those roles their’s and if there is any one movie that I believe an actor would want to be known for, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid would have to be that movie, because Newman and Redford were so perfect with those roles.
You’re talking about two American outlaws who rob banks for a living and Paul Newman who runs this gang, makes Butch Cassidy almost seem likable or at the very least entertaining, because of his charm and his depth ability as a comedic actor and American smart-ass, very similar to Cary Grant or Burt Reynolds, Newman could make bad guys seem likable and have you rooting for them.
You’re talking about two men who rob banks for a living, who are career criminals, who escape to Bolivia which even in the late 1800s had to be one of the poorest country’s not just in South America, but in the world and they’re stealing money from people who probably in most cases don’t have enough money and yet you’re literally rooting for them at the end of the movie to escape from the predicament that they’re in and somehow shoot their way out, instead of staying boxed in and either being captured or killed.
Butch and Sundance is a great movie is you like westerns. It’s a great movie if you like action/adventure. It’s a great movie if you like action/comedy. Hell, it’s a great movie if you like comedy. It’s a great movie if you’re a guy who loves great female distractions with Katharine Ross playing a big role in the movie. Similar to a great Alfred Hitchcock movie, Butch and Sundance has everything in it. It’s one of those movies when you’re home one night and you don’t know what to have dinner, but you’re hungry and you have everything to eat, so you decide to eat everything . Butch and Sundance has everything for everybody.