Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

  • Directed by George Roy Hill
  • Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman
  • USA | 108mins | 1969 | rated (PG)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 48m

As much a buddy movie as a western, William Goldman’s script keeps Paul Newman and Robert Redford well supplied with wry lines and double takes.

“Most of what follows is true,” announces the opening caption, setting the playful tone for this tale of bank-robbing outlaws who find the Old West getting too hot for them, before heading for new pastures in Bolivia.

As that caption suggests, writer William Goldman and director George Roy Hill are less interested in authentic historical atmosphere, than in having fun, with Newman and Redford making a wonderfully relaxed double act.

The laidback 1969 vibe is further enhanced by the hints of ménage à trois with moll Etta Place (Katharine Ross) and music by Burt Bacharach, including the hit song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’.

Note-perfect performances, a screenplay steeped in both nostalgia and a timely sense of insight, and anti-heroes you can't help but love: it's no surprise that the always re-watchable Butch And Sundance was once labelled the most likeable film ever made.