Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG) - 1969 - Runtime: 110 minutes
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Director: George Roy Hill
I really didn't have too many expectations going into this movie. It's one of those classics that I think doesn't get talked about that much - it's beloved, but maybe not so much as other movies around this time (like Bonnie and Clyde). So it really was a treat to watch Newman and Redford play a couple of western legends whose reputation was more notorious than themselves. The movie is more about the characters rather than their misdeeds. It's a fun movie, no doubt, and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.
Butch Cassidy and Sundance are the leaders of the Hole in the Wall gang and have made a pretty successful living robbing banks and trains. But things change when the law starts to learn of their tricks. After being ruthlessly followed by a a few lawmen, they decide to try their luck in Bolivia. They find lots of success there as well after a few bungled attempts and it soon seems that this is their destined place. But not everything is all sunshine and lollipops, as their reputation seems to catch up with them. I have to say the movie is just fun. It's pure entertainment - Cassidy and Sundance aren't exactly an odd couple, but they're perfect foils for each other. They don't seem to know what they're doing half the time - improvisation and luck are key components to their robberies. It's both funny and entertaining - I really loved Redford as the Sundance Kid. He's got a calm demeanor and cool exterior whereas Newman is the same - but he seems to play it too cool and shallow.
As for the love interest in the movie, it pales in comparison to the main focus of the movie. I really didn't quite get why she followed them around - they were nothing but trouble for her and it seemed like Cassidy didn't quite care whether she was around or not. The only good scene she had was that now famous bike riding scene where "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" plays throughout. Other than that, it was a minor distraction that didn't seem to fit in the movie.
It's a good western but I really wouldn't call it one. It's more a gangster/crime movie about two casual criminals who are more innocent than they appear. It's a fun ride and there's some great scenes, especially the end where they find themselves in an impossible situation. It's a fitting end, too and one that solidifies their legendary status. If you haven't yet seen it - rent it now!
Rating: Rent It!