120. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (A)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
: It's hard to believe this movie was panned by critics when it was first released, because I can't find a single thing to complain about. It seems some critics disliked the use of contemporary music in a period piece, but 45 years later, the music is nearly as as old as the events depicted in the movie were upon release. Paul Newman and (especially) Robert Redford have never been better, and the supporting cast is filled out with a number of wonderful character actors.
For those operating under the thesis that the late 60s/early 70s was a cynical time in Hollywood, the two Newman/Redford collaborations with George Roy Hill are hard to reconcile. Like The Sting
, this is a nostalgic and old-fashioned sort of movie. Even the ending, which is true enough to history, manages to avoid the visuals of a bloody end in favor of a freeze frame that is much more mythical in its presentation of these two heroes that what was being presented in Bonnie and Clyde
around the same time.
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