Western movies usually feature loners whether they be the hero or the villain, but Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) showcases the dual outlaws while redefining the genre.
The film's theme focuses on the winding era of the Wild West for cowboys and robbers, but until they are deemed relics of the past the two will do what they do best which is rob banks and heist trains.
The film features Butch Cassidy as the leader of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang who does the group's thinking while planning their next job. The Sundance Kid serve as his enforcer whose ability with the gun does a great job of introducing his character in the beginning.
The role of the lonesome girl whose only excitement in her life is when crosses path with the bandits is portrayed by Katharine Ross as Etta Place. She’s the only one that could come truly close to the two ruffians while respecting their profession and accepting her place amongst the men.
What sets this film apart is the feature of a musical number that exemplifies the glories that comes with being a bandit and the notoriety of the fame and riches gained. But in order to keep up the lavish lifestyle they must commit crimes and come to the eventual realization that there is no turning back from what they are accustomed to.
As opposed to the usual showdown between good and evil of the law versus the criminals, the gang chooses flight over fight as they are being hunted down by an all star of law enforcement.
During the chase sequence, the film uses minimal dialogue as the two plan their escape from the wild prairies to the high rock formations, which is captured beautifully in the film's cinematography.
The film plays upon the factor of the West being outdated by featuring photo montages and using silence in key moments to helps the audience come to their own conclusion and understanding toward the finale.
Their every movement is being tracked as each hiding spot brings the gang of lawmen closes in on them. It's only through drastic actions in which they are escape from being trapped and to begin their life a new in Bolivia.
The relationship between Mr. Newman and Mr. Redford is what the entire film is built upon. Their banter with one another is what makes the film memorable is that with enough teasing between them two there’s deep admiration and respect for one another.
It also allows the film to have moments of humor and lightness as the outlaw are on the run from the law.
This film would go on to make Mr. Redford the movie star that he’s current. While audience already knew that old blue eyes himself – Mr. Newman- can make a character that is on the wrong side of the law be cheered and looked upon like a hero despite his illegal activities.
Even after making their journey and beginning a new, they are still haunted by their past as they are on the lookout for the super posse reminding them of their past as they can't escape the times.
Classification: Blu-Ray Beyond – 2007 Edition
Movie Grade: 3 out of 5 stars
The highlight of the film is seeing the presence of Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s character and their relationship will have audience rooting for them against all odds.
Blu-Ray Grade: 3 out of 5 stars
Includes commentary from Director Gregory Hill, Lyricist Hal David, Documentary Director Robert Crawford Jr. and Cinematographer Conrad Hill. Also includes an additional separate commentary from Screenwriter Will Goldman.
Along with a behind the making of the film and distinguishing fact from fiction of the film’s portrayal of the once living outlaws, also includes a deleted scene and the theatrical trailer.
Rating: M - according to the movie rating system in 1969.
Timing: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Genre: Western, Biography, Adventure, History.
Director: George Roy Hill
Screenwriter: Will Goldman