Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

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It’s been some considerable while since I saw Butch Cassidy, so it’s a pleasure to report that not only has the movie not faded in the meantime but it has in fact matured in the 42 years since it was first released.  Where is was originally marketed as a genial western, it now reveals a 360-degree analysis of the complex relationship between Butch and Sundance, at times almost bromance – a deep and instinctive mutual trust with the tragic and inevitable consequences of a life of crime – and at others bitching like husband and wife.  Beautifully acted by Newman and Redford, and always a joy to watch.  The story is familiar – gang of bank robbers try to rob a train once too often, get chased by a top posse, miraculously escape, go to Bolivia but ultimately meet their end at the hands of half the Bolivian army.  That’s the stuff legends are made of.  8/10

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