Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Title: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Year: 1969
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: William Goldman
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
Music: Burt Bacharach
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Song (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”); Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Sound; currently #148 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: two outlaws on the run from an unstoppable posse
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for music) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

It’s an entertaining movie, but the tone is so light it borders on parody in places. I like how they never give a face to the pursuers – a risky move that worked out perfectly. Bicycle riding aside, there’s a great Western buried underneath Bacharach’s obnoxiously silly music.


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