“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is one of the best-known and most popular Western movies of all time — and with good reason.
Robert Leroy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy and brilliantly portrayed by Paul Newman, teams up with fellow outlaw Harry Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid and played by the equally brilliant Robert Redford.
It’s a fun story, with many memorable lines, excellent cinematography, beautiful locations and the always stunning Katharine Ross as Etta Place.
They rob trains and banks until they’re chased all the way to Bolivia by the best lawmen in the country. They meet their final demise in one of the most iconic movie endings of all time.
Fuego! Fuego! Fuego!
But the real key to this movie is that it is one of the greatest buddy films ever. Newman and Redford are absolutely perfect for each other — chasing women, jumping from cliffs, saving each other, laughing and fighting. We were fortunate to see them again in “The Sting,” which, while not a Western, was equally enjoyable.
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” won four Academy Awards — best screenplay, best cinematography, best music (original song) and best music (original score). Ironically, none of the actors were nominated for Academy Awards, despite their critically acclaimed performances.
My friend Wyatt McCrea shares this fun fact (unless, of course, you are the bull): The bull in the bicycle scene was named Bill and was flown in to do his scenes. The film crew sprayed a substance on his testicles to get him to charge towards the bicycle. He did several takes — ouch!