ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' blasts its way back into theaters

Updated on January 11, 2016

Star power on display

Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969). The famous Western will be shown in select American cinemas on Jan. 17 and 20 in the same aspect ratio as when it was originally released in theaters.
Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969). The famous Western will be shown in select American cinemas on Jan. 17 and 20 in the same aspect ratio as when it was originally released in theaters. | Source

Newman, Redford star as legendary bandits

The Western has long been a distinctive cog in the mighty engine of American cinema.
One of the more unique offerings in that time-honored genre is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969).
Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the PG-rated comedy-drama is returning to the big screen for showings at select American theaters.
More than 650 movie screens nationwide are scheduled to show one of the most highest-grossing Westerns ever made.
The presentations are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 20. Visit for a list of participating theaters. Visit for general information and tickets.
The showings include commentary by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
The main characters in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” are not traditional Gary Cooper/“High Noon” figures, according to film instructor and cinema author Wes Gehring.
“There’s a lot of dark comedy in it,” he noted.
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” rattles the conventional format of the Old West film.
“It is really kind of a spoof of Westerns,” said Gehring, although stating its rogue nature is not as broad or as irreverent as Mel Brooks’ audacious “Blazing Saddles” (1974).
Absent from the big screen for almost two generations, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” puts a likable spin on two turn-of-the-century outlaws with different personalities, who hightailed it to Bolivia.
“They really were an odd couple,” said Gehring, distinguished professor of telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Butch (Newman) is a schemer with designs on getting rich quick, while Sundance (Redford) handles a gun well, according to promotional material from Colorado-based Fathom Events and television’s Turner Classic Movies (TCM), which are presenting the fictionalized account of the real-life desperadoes.
Gehring -- the author of numerous movie-themed books -- exchanged written correspondence with William Goldman, who won an Oscar for his original screenplay for the Newman-Redford “buddy” vehicle.
Gehring said Goldman, as inspiration, looked to the 1939 adventure flick “Gunga Din,” which starred Cary Grant.
“He wanted this movie to be in that spirit,” Gehring said.
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” lacks the high-drama confrontational element of “High Noon” (1952).
And although Butch and Sundance are train and bank robbers fleeing from the law, audiences warm up to their less-than-imposing personas.
“Butch never had to shoot anybody,” Gehring said. “They’re nice guys.”
Having fun with Western clichés, director George Roy Hill used a lilting Burt Bacharach song as the musical linchpin for a rough-and-tumble saga.
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” snared a “Best Original Song” Oscar.
“It pulls you out of the genre; it‘s so light and bouncy,“ said Patricia Hales, continuing lecturer in music at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Ind.
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” did not represent the type of score that mirrored the grand sweep of music in the “The Magnificent Seven” (1960) or matched the moodiness of scores from Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti Westerns.
Instead, Hales said, there is a light, pleasant air to the Bacharach song.
“You hear it, and it just brings a smile to your face,” the music teacher said.
“They wanted to make the music contemporary,” Gehring related.
The song accompanied a memorable, sun-dappled bicycle scene that featured Newman and actress Katharine Ross, who played Etta.
The inclusion of the tune helped filmmakers beef up Ross’ role, according to Gehring.

Guns, humor and drama

A different kind of Western

Released in 1969, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" earned an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture."
Released in 1969, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" earned an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture." | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)