BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is leading a posse to chase after Paul Newman and Robert Redford in George Roy Hill's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), released 50 years ago this week. 

A strange mixture of genres, styles, eras, and tones—and far from a critical hit upon its release—Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid went on to become one of the top 40 box-office successes in Hollywood history, and five decades later remains a widely beloved pairing of two of America's all-time favorite leading men.

Nakea isn't particularly familiar with Newman, Redford, or westerns, so we're sitting down for her first viewing of this classic, and having a moseying sort of conversation about train robberies, travel montages, and whether John Wayne ever would have put a hippy-dippy, bicycle-riding music video in the middle of one of his westerns. 

Program

0:00: Prologue: William Goldman on his screenplay. 
0:42: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
14:01: Interlude: Original Trailer for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
15:55: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
51:02: Outro and Next Week's Movie
52:32: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movie Reviewed: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (dir. George Roy Hill, 20th Century Fox, 1969). 
—Prologue from Melvyn Bragg's interview with William GoldmanThe South Bank Show, 2009.
—Articles Referenced: "The Newman Chronicles," Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair; "Did Butch Cassidy Survive to a Ripe Old Age?", Mead Gruver, NBC.com; Reviews by Pauline Kael, The New Yorker; Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com; Mark LeeThe Telegraph.
—Books referenced: William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting (Warner Books, 1983) and Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade (Pantheon, 2000).
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