Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Directed by George Roy Hill

Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

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Iconic actors playing iconic roles. Redford’s pretty cool. Newman’s a good-looking guy, but he mumbles. But as anti-heroes, they’re are not very redeeming, making us unsympathetic observers. In the Bonnie and Clyde-like final scene, there’s certainly no sympathy for them.

The story is quite slow and filled with awkwardness and experimentation typical of 60’s movies. The extended sepia-tone sequences and musical montages were something different. The dialogue is sluggish and unfunny. And the choice to not include subtitles for the Spanish scenes was interesting, but I suppose we didn’t really need them. The Raindrops comedic interlude was awkward. Butch knew how to ride the newly invented bicycle like a pro? Sloppy sound editing from a time when they were first learning how to shoot on outdoor sets.

With the right script and Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt in the leading roles, this could be a pretty kick-ass remake.

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