Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: William Goldman
Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
The classic western story. Told from the eyes of the bad guys. Butch Cassidy is a famous and likeable outlaw who returns to his gang with his best friend, the “Sundance Kid”. Once returned, Butch finds out that he has been outcast as the leader and duels his way back as the boss. After winning his gang back, he pulls two robberies on trains, but the second one turns out to be an ambush from the law forces. After evading the police for a while, Butch, Sundance and his girlfriend head out to Bolivia where they want to start fresh. But while they do manage to pull off some robberies, they try to go straight. But as it turns out, sometimes the life you leave behind has a habit of coming back to haunt you.
I am not a fan of western movies, but I admit, I truly liked this one. The remarkable chemistry between Butch and Sundance, the charisma and screen presence between them is what drives the film. I actually made it one of the best, if not the best, western movies of all time. Although viewed as “the bad guys”, these characters are so enjoyable that you actually despise the law. And of course, they redefined the term of “going down, guns blazing”.