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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Review by Ross Anthony

I recently caught this 1969 classic film on Satellite TV. Wow, what a fun quirky movie. Butch (Newman) is the charming, sweet talking train-robber that could make you feel comfortable even while he's rifling through your pockets. Sundance (Redford), ready with an impossibly accurate shot, is quite happy letting Newman smile and do the talking.

The two are close, they share everything -- even a girl. What happens in the film is far less important than the repartee between the two of them and others. A sharply written script is far more cute than I'd expected, but still a lot of fun. And the music by Burt Bacharach -- makes the film even more quirky. "Raindrops keep falling on my head" has no business in this film. But somehow because it's there, you've just got to love its wrongness.

Then there's a still montage of the trio's trip to Bolivia. It's so very very strange, but like Butch's sometimes less than bright ideas -- it's worth trying (a tad long though).

Overall, a whole heck of a lot of fun.

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson go for a similiar kind of western repartee in the much later "Shanghai Noon" and "Shanghai Knights." I enjoyed these films a great deal as well.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Copyright © 1969. PG. 110 minutes.
  • Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars, Donnelly Rhodes.
  • Directed by George Roy Hill.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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