Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

Must-See Cinema! In honour of William Goldman, 1931-2018

The late William Goldman won an Oscar in the late ‘60s for his screenplay that presents legendary outlaws Butch and Sundance, not so much in a revisionist light, as a sepia tone.

Poster for the classic comedy-Western, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance KidPaul Newman, his dazzling blue eyes never more piercing, is Butch, leader of the notorious Hole In The Wall Gang and a visionary bank robber. Robert Redford, famously held in close-up by director George Roy Hill to establish his presence, broods with all the good nature of the Fastest Gun In The West, staring the camera down and providing a perfect foil – both comic and serious – for Newman. Katharine Ross, meanwhile, fresh from The Graduate, radiates as the woman behind – and often between – the two outlaws, providing both a physical and mental romantic interest for our two heroes.

Along the way Butch and Sundance take the time to provide us with cinema’s greatest waterfall leap, and one of cinema’s most memorable and elegiac endings, as Butch and Sundance literally fade into a photo memory. Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can’t help but love: Butch And Sundance may be the most likeable film ever made.

– Bob McCabe. Empire

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