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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film that tells the story of bank robbers Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford), based loosely on historical fact.The film was directed by George Roy Hill and produced at 20th Century Fox by John Foreman from a screenplay by William Goldman.

The music score was by Burt Bacharach with song lyrics by Hal David.

Along with Newman and Redford, the film stars Katharine Ross as Etta Place, and features Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars and Donnelly Rhodes.With a box office of over US$100 million (equivalent to over $500 million in 2009 dollars), it was the top grossing film of the year.

At the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970 the film won Oscars in four of the seven categories within which it had been nominated, including awards for its screenplay and cinematography.

At the 24th British Academy Film Awards, the film received nine awards including Best Film.

Years later, the film has been recognized on a half dozen of the American Film Institute's AFI 100 Years… series lists, including both editions of the "100 Years… 100 Movies" lists; it has been part of the United States National Film Registry since 2003.Plot:Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford), the leaders of the Hole in the Wall Gang, are planning another bank robbery.

As they return to their hideout in Hole-in-the-Wall, they find out that the gang has selected a new leader, Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy).

He challenges Butch to a knife fight, which Butch wins, using a ruse.

Although Logan is defeated, Butch quickly embraces Logan's idea to rob the Union Pacific Flyer twice, agreeing with Logan that the second robbery would be unexpected and likely to involve even more money than the first.The first robbery goes very well and the marshal of the next town (Kenneth Mars) can't manage to raise a posse.

Butch and Sundance listen to his attempts, enjoying themselves.

Sundance's lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), is introduced; both men vie for her attention as she also goes bike-riding with Butch during a dialogue-free musical interlude, accompanied by the Oscar-winning song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head."The second robbery goes wrong.

Not only does Butch use too much dynamite to blow the safe, but a second train arrives, which is carrying a posse that has been specially outfitted by E.


Harriman to hunt Butch and Sundance.

The gang flees in multiple directions, with the posse following Butch and Sundance.

They try hiding in a brothel but are betrayed.

They try riding double on a single horse in the hope that the posse will split up, but that fails.

They then try to arrange an amnesty with the help of the friendly Sheriff Bledsoe (Jeff Corey).

But he tells them they have no chance of getting one, and that they will be hunted down until they are killed by the posse.Still on the run the next day, they muse about the identities of their pursuers.

They fixate on Lord Baltimore, a famous Indian tracker, and Joe Lefors, a tough, renowned lawman, recognized at a distance by his white skimmer, or straw hat.

After reaching the summit of a mountain, they find themselves trapped on the edge of a canyon.

They decide to jump into the river far below, even though Sundance can't swim and would prefer to fight.

Later they arrive at Etta's house and learn that the posse has been paid to stay together until they kill the two of them.

They decide it's time to leave the country and head to Bolivia, a destination Cassidy had spoken about earlier.They head to New York, then board a passenger ship, eventually arriving by train in a small Bolivian village.

Sundance already resents the choice.

Their first attempted bank robbery stops before it gets off the ground, as they are unable to speak Spanish.

Etta teaches them the words they need.

Their next robbery is clumsily executed, as Butch still needs his cribsheet.

After more robberies, the duo, now known as the Bandidos Yanquis, are sought by the authorities all over Bolivia.

In spite of their success, their confidence drops one evening when they see a man wearing a white straw hat on the other side of the street, and fear that Lefors is once again after them.

Butch suggests going straight, so as to not attract Lefors' attention.They get their first honest job as payroll guards in a mine, directed by an American named Garris (Strother Martin).

However, on their first working day, they are attacked.

Garris is killed, and Butch and Sundance are forced to kill the Bolivian robbers, the first time Butch kills anyone.

They decide to return to robbery.

That evening, Etta decides to leave them, sensing that their days may be numbered.A few days later, Butch and Sundance attack a payroll mule train in the jungle, taking the money and the mule.

When they arrive in the nearest town San Vicente, a stable boy recognizes the brand on the mule's backside and alerts the local police.

While Butch and Sundance are eating at a local eatery, the police arrive and a climactic gun battle begins scaring away the nearby people.The two of them find shelter in a nearby empty house, but they're soon low on ammunition.

Butch makes a run to the mule to fetch the rest of the ammunition while Sundance provides cover fire, but during his return they are both wounded.

While tending to their wounds in the house, about 100 soldiers of the Bolivian cavalry arrive and surround the place.The pair, unaware of the cavalry's arrival, discuss their next destination, with Butch pushing the English-speaking and wide-open continent of Australia.

Butch tells Sundance that when they get outside and get to their horses to remember one thing.

Before he can say it, Butch asks Sundance if he saw Lefors "out there".

Sundance says that he didn't and Butch replies "For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble."The film ends with a freeze frame sepia tone shot of the pair exiting the house firing their guns, while a voice is heard ordering: "Fuego!" (Spanish for "Fire!") accompanied by the sound of dozens of rifles being fired in three consecutive volleys.Popularity: 1% [?]Related posts:Don Meyer - 2009 ESPYS Winner
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