Loosely based on the final months of the infamous outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a revisionist western directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross.
It's the close of the 19th century and Butch Cassidy (Newman) and his partner and close friend the Sundance Kid (Redford) are part of the Hole in the Wall Gang, known for their non-lethal train and bank robberies. But when the pair decide to rob the same train twice, they suddenly find themselves chased by a posse of highly professional trackers and law enforces, who seem to be able to stay on their tail day and night, no matter what type the terrain. After a very lengthy chase, the two men finally shake their pursuers and decide to try their luck south of the border in Bolivia, taking Sundance's girlfriend (Ross) along. For a while the move seems to pay off but it doesn't take long for the law to catch up with them in South America too.
A highly original western with a very distinct feel, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an inspired western, combining humor, drama, an anachronistic soundtrack and two wonderful performances by Newman and Redford in what is essentially a buddy movie. Dealing with the dying of the old west, the film's screenplay is at once sober and mournful whilst simultaneously light and funny and the chemistry between its two leads remains its greatest selling point. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning four including Best Screenplay, Cinematography and Score, whilst the score also took home top honors at the BAFTA Awards, Grammys and Golden Globes. A classic revisionist western of the late sixties, the film was released in the same year as Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch and constitutes the lighter side of the same thematic coin about the dying of the old west.