Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film). Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known to history as Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the "Sundance Kid" (Robert Redford) as they migrate to Bolivia while on the run from the law in search of a more successful criminal career. In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

* Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy
* Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid
* Katharine Ross as Etta Place
* Strother Martin as Percy Garris
* Henry Jones as Bike Salesman
* Jeff Corey as Sheriff Bledsoe
* George Furth as Woodcock
* Cloris Leachman as Agnes
* Ted Cassidy as Harvey Logan
* Kenneth Mars as Marshal
* Donnelly Rhodes as Macon
* Jody Gilbert as Large Woman Train Passenger
* Timothy Scott as News Carver
* Don Keefer as Fireman
* Charles Dierkop as Flat Nose Curry
* Pancho Córdova as Bank Manager
* Nelson Olmsted as Photographer
* Paul Bryar as Card Player #1
* Sam Elliott as Card Player #2
* Charles Akins as Bank Teller
* Eric Sinclair as Tiffany's Salesman
* Douglas Bank as Citizen
* Larry Barton as Citizen
* Rico Cattani as Bank Guard
* José Chávez as Bolivian Police Commander
* Dave Dunlop as Gunman
* Jill Hall as Minor Role
* Percy Helton as Sweetface
* Buck Holland as Posse Member
* Jack Isbell as Posseman
* Enrique Lucero as Guard in the 1st Bolivian Bank
* Thurl Ravenscroft as (singing voice)
* Jorge Russek as Bolivian Army Officer
* José Torvay as Bolivian Bandit

The film won four Academy Awards: Best Cinematography; Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical); Best Music, Song (Burt Bacharach and Hal David for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"); and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Sound (William Edmondson and David Dockendorf).

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also won numerous British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor (won by Redford though Newman was also nominated), and Best Actress for Katharine Ross, among others.

William Goldman won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In 2003, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The Sundance Film Festival, begun by Robert Redford, is named for his role in this film, as is his Utah ski resort, Sundance. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children that the late Paul Newman organized and operated for most of his remaining years drew its name from the gang in this movie.

Two made-for-TV sequels premiered in 1974 and 1976, titled, respectively, Mrs. Sundance, with Elizabeth Montgomery in the starring role, and Wanted: The Sundance Woman, starring Katharine Ross as Etta Place working with Pancho Villa. In addition a TV movie called The Legend of Butch & Sundance premiered in 2006, with David Clayton Rogers as Butch, Ryan Browning as Sundance, and Rachelle Lefevre as Etta Place. A prequel to the film, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, starring Tom Berenger and William Katt as the respective title characters, was released in 1979.

To cash in on this film's vast popularity, an unrelated 1969 Italian Spaghetti Western about two buddies (Vivi...o Preferibilmente Morti) was retitled Sundance and the Kid for its US release.

The film also inspired the television series Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy as outlaws trying to earn an amnesty. It has also been spoofed in films such as Shanghai Noon and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and TV shows such as The Simpsons (in the episode "Duffless"), Futurama, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Venture Bros., and Full Metal Panic.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! has an episode titled Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid, an obvious nod to that film's title.

In the movie Shanghai Noon, Jackie Chan is given the name "The Shanghai Kid" which is parody of "The Sundance Kid". Near the end of the film, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson charge out of the church in a similar manner as Butch and Sundance.

In the 2008 TV miniseries adaptation of Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic, the characters of Rincewind and Twoflower parody the final scene of the movie when they are pinned down by a squad of enemy wizards, including the line, "For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble", before they jump out and face an onslaught of magic spells.

In the 2009 game "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves", when protagonist Nathan Drake and his partner Victor Sullivan find themselves cornered at the edge of a cliff by their pursuers, Drake suggests that they jump into the rapids below. Sullivan, distraught, calls Drake "Sundance", followed by Drake calling Sullivan "Butch". As they jump, Nathan Drake screams, "Holy Crap!" as they jump into the river, similar to Longabough's exclamation, "Holy Sh-!" during the jump. This is an obvious reference to the river jump scene in the film.

In the 2011 movie Blackthorn, Sam Shepard plays an elderly Butch Cassidy who has survived the Sundance Kid and eluded capture by living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home.

A parody of the film titled Botch Casually and the Somedunce Kid was published in Mad Magazine. It was illustrated by Mort Drucker and written by Arnie Kogen in regular issue #136, July 1970

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