Friday, January 21, 2011

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is the story of the famous wild west bank robbers of the same name. It stars legendary actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford who have a silly romp through the old west and Bolivia. Newman in particular is awesome as always and you can tell he had a really good time making this film. Redford seemed a little stiff to me and he didn't really have the comedic timing Newman did. Of course, that could be because the writers gave him some pretty corny jokes.

This is a hard movie to categorize. It isn't really a western, it isn't really a drama and it really isn't a comedy but somehow it is all three of those things. It worked sometimes but at others I thought to myself, what the hell is the director thinking with this movie? Apparently the score won an Oscar but in my opinion it is one of the most bizarre scores for a movie I've ever heard (and not in a good way). Overall, I think the movie felt pretty dated and a little bit confused but it is worth watching because anything starring Paul Newman is.

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Movie will stop streaming on Netflix 2/11/11.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Paul Newman is one of those actors I'll watch in anything.

Is it artsy? No, but I think the director might have tried to make the score seem artsy. It wasn't.

Best thing about the movie? The weird ass bicycle riding scene, didn't get that at all.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for a good silly time.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 Stars. 


  1. I think the weird mix of this film only works because BC and tSdK get themselves killed, but (courtesy of effects legend L.B. Abbott who was the engineer of the freeze-frame/pullout) in an incredibly poetic (and bloodless, thus more romantic) way: the jimble-jamble mix of the flick would have been too cute and precious had they rode off into the sunset, but since we hear them blasted into molecules, it's okay.

  2. I agree with that. The ending was probably the best part of the movie I think. That was pretty cool they way it froze and pulled out like that. Great comment.


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