This is one of the classic Western films of all time, as most film-buffs know, and follows the exploits of the titular lead characters. It has been about 50 years since the film has come out, so how does it hold up now?
After watching BCatSK, I must say it holds up pretty well. It’s probably one of those movies which has no problems withstanding the test of time, and actually comes out the better for it.
So let’s get down to the story part. The film starts off with a few slides which give us some idea of the “Hole-in-the-Wall” gang’s notoriety, of which Butch Cassidy is the leader and Sundance Kid is a member. But more than a member, Sundance is a great friend of Butch. Their occupation : holding up the trains and robbing them blind. However, they aren’t very rich despite stealing loads of money, due to “Butch’s expensive ways” as Sundance puts it, more or less. But when they try to steal from the Union-Pacific Railroad one too many times, the owner of the company, E.H.Harriman, sets a bunch of specially-employed gunslingers and trackers to chase them down and kill them both. From this moment on, Butch and Sundance are on the run.
The movie is a masterpiece of cinema : there is no sugarcoating this fact. The film flows from scene to scene like honey; there is no breakage as such in the story-telling style. Perhaps it is helped by the fact that the film follows a strictly linear story, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that BCatSK is a great film. Solid writing by William Goldman; a man who’s widely known for his novels The Princess Bride and Marathon Man among many others. The dialogues are brilliant throughout; the self-deprecatory banter between Butch and Sundance makes for more than a few chuckles. Not to mention the acting; Robert Redford as Sundance Kid, the great sharpshooter and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, the thinker of the two, both of them are brilliant. And so is the female lead Katharine Ross playing Sundance’s love-interest, Etta Place. Great casting right there, especially when considering the fact that Robert Redford was a relatively unknown commodity at the time.
Awesome film. Must-watch for fans of Western films, although I can’t think you wouldn’t have watched this if you were a fan of the Wild West. And I’m not even a fanatic for these kind of films.
RATING : 10/10
– brilliant dialogue
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