1 Year, 100 Movies: #73 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

1969

For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

By now everyone’s aware of how much I dislike westerns. This film is the exception to that rule. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is not your typical western. It tests the boundaries of film experimentation, starting as more of a buddy-buddy film, switching into more of a traditonal western form- all the while using a modern soundtrack. Paul Newman and Robert Redford are solid in their roles as usual, and Katharine Ross is fantastic as well. The three of them make a great team. I like to think of them as the three musketeers of the wild wild west.  Cassidy and Sundance’s hard and fast lifestyle of robbing banks with no consequences comes to a grinding halt with the inevitable violent ending. But the ending is also brilliant. The film stops in a freeze frame as they rush out to meet the surrounding fire. Did they make it? Probably not, but they went out in a blaze of glory. It’s an enjoyable and fun movie to watch. Oh, and you also get to watch Robert Redford. So it’s a win win situation.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:

four_half-stars_0

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