Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday, December 1, 2013
“BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID might not have invented the modern buddy comedy, but it may as well have. While Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black was still toddling around playing cowboys and Indians, director George Roy Hill, cinematographer Conrad Hall, composer Burt Bacharach, stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and screenwriter William Goldman were meticulously crafting the gold standard for movies about rugged pals quipping and wisecracking their way through one perilous bonding situation after another…
“In performances that cemented their iconic status, Newman and Redford star as two of the Old West’s best-looking and quickest-witted outlaws, genial gentlemen bandits who flee to South America rather than face a ‘super-posse’ representing a railroad baron the duo repeatedly robbed. Newman and Redford try to outrun their past, but their enemies aren’t about to let them off easy.
“Though Hall’s stunning vistas and gorgeous exploration of wide-open spaces hearken back to John Ford, BUTCH CASSIDY otherwise radiates the youthful energy, manic pop playfulness, and antic clowning of the French New Wave. The film’s subversive attitude toward genres and genre-mashing echoes the pioneering work of Jean-Luc Godard, and Newman and Redford deliver an extended master class on the uses of old-school, twinkly-eyed movie-star charisma. Though the encroachment of the modern world in the form of super-posses, vengeful tycoons, and the taming of the once-wild West spell doom for the film’s loveable anti-heroes, that smartass, incorrigible modernity is precisely what ensures BUTCH CASSIDY’s timelessness.” – Time Out (London)NR, 110 Minutes