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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [DVD] [Special Edition]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This 1969 Western encapsulates the genre, with dramatic chase scenes on horseback through breathtaking landscapes, daring robberies of banks and trains, true comradery between cowboys who would risk their lives for one another, and copious amounts of renegade charm. Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) is the smart, savvy leader of The Hole in the Wall Gang, and his sidekick the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) ranks among the best shooters the West has known. This combination of brains and menace allows the duo to roam unchallenged, staging petty robberies when needed and otherwise kicking back at the local brothel. But when a six-pack of the best cowboys in nearby states gather to bring down the rebels, using a Native American tracker to follow them across rivers, over mountains, and through deserts; Butch and Sundance decide to flee. Gathering Sundance's girlfriend (Katherine Ross), they make their way to Bolivia via New York City. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and before they know it, the charismatic criminals find themselves in an all-too-familiar situation, this time facing South American enemies. Directed by George Roy Hill, BUTCH CASSIDY's balance of drama, action, and humor is a winning combination on its own. But this excellent tale of friendship and adventure is most successful for its talented leads, who fill every scene with wit, skill, and machismo. A broad color palette showcases glorious sunsets and peaceful rivers running through the craggy Rocky Mountains, while brief interludes of black and white still shots inject artistic flair. In every sense a classic, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID is simply timeless.

    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1969 William Goldman American Screenwriter
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1969 Burt Bacharach Songwriter
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 1969 Burt Bacharach Songwriter
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1969 Conrad L. Hall Director of Photography, Father of Conrad W. Hall
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 1969 Hal David American Songwriter

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2000256

  • Credits
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Charles Robert Jr. Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Enthralling on-camera anecdotes..."
    USA Today

    "...The Western comedy that ushered in the Age of the Buddy Movie..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[With] immaculate windscreen cinematography -- Westerns don't come any more glossy..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...The dialogue sparks, the direction is immaculate and the final shot is simply unforgettable..."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] should be cherished for its stars' chemistry, 27-minute chase sequence, climactic shootout, freeze-frame-and-pull-out final shot, warm photography and fresh take on a weary theme..."
    Total Film

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