Directed By: George Roy Hill
Written By: William Goldman
I have never been a big fan of westerns and don’t own many, but I do love the classics. Newman and Redford were so iconic in the title roles. For a long time I had a poster hanging in my home of the final shot of the film where Butch and Sundance go out fighting. This is a great movie but there isn’t much I can say about it that hasn’t already been said. Newman and Redford are great, the story is great, and the movie is a lot of fun.
I don’t know very much about the true story this film is based on but I do know a little. I have always had a deep fascination with organized crime and have studied its history often. In the studies I once came across Butch Cassidy in an encyclopedia of mobsters. Butch Cassidy used to go around to farms out west and tell the ranchers that they needed to pay him for protection or else their cattle would be stolen. If they didn’t pay then he would steal their cattle and blame it on others. It was simple extortion but it was something the American mob did fervently in its early days and I have always found the correlation interesting.
You don’t need me to tell you to see this film because you have no doubt already seen it, if you haven’t then I would hope you can take my word for it at this point. This movie is worth your time and I think you will enjoy it.
I get why this movie is loved, I do, but it is not for me. I have seen it about a dozen times now, but every time we watch it I find myself dozing off or thinking about something else. I understand it’s value, it’s just not a movie that I love. Having said that, it is still one of those movies that you need to see before you die.
NEXT MOVIE: The Butterfly Effect (2004)