BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) C widescreen 112m dir: George Roy Hill
w/Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars
An appealing western, directed with great flair. Story concerns two legendary bank and train robbers (Newman & Redford) who clowned their way through much of the 1890s before fleeing to South America.
From The Movie Guide: "BUTCH CASSIDY's winking awareness of its own cinematic nature (from the opening 'silent movie' train robbery to the famous closing freeze frame) and witty banter give the story a degree of charm and exuberance, but otherwise it's trapped in its own context, most notably apparent in the (Oscar-winning) Bacharach score that now feels silly and dated. Ross' stiff performance as the Kid's paramour, Etta Place (which later spawned a terrible sequel) is more than offset by the wonderful supporting cast and, especially, the chemistry between the stars. This film revived Newman's flagging career and officially catapulted Redford to stardom (giving him the industry clout to make such personal projects as DOWNHILL RACER, THE CANDIDATE and JEREMIAH JOHNSON)."
Oscar-winner for Best Original Story & Screenplay (William Goldman), Cinematography (Conrad Hill), Song ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Burt Bacharach), and Original Score (Bacharach). Also nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Sound.