#172: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

When and how did I watch this?

December 12th and 13th, 2015, on Netflix.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I’d been looking forward to this for some time.  Two of my favorite films (The Natural with Redford and Cool Hand Luke with Newman) are represented in this film, and I expected a bucketful of awesome walking into it.

What do I know about it now?

I was certainly hoping for more.  Frankly, I was bored at times.  I don’t need non-stop action or colorful effects, nor should one expect that from a 1960s western, but it felt like the scenes in between were just filling time.  By all means, the showdowns (especially the finale) were compelling, and I found myself rooting for these near-celebrity criminals. I discovered later on that this was one of the first buddy films, and there couldn’t have been two better actors.  Redford and Newman were a lot of fun; the banter reminded me of running about with a good friend, which might be the aim of the director.  The dusty landscape helped fill some of the void, and the cinematography is fine.  However, this is nothing special.

What are some themes in the film?

Not much here — just an ol’ western bag of fun.

Did this affect me personally?

Other than finally seeing this actor duo on screen, not at all.

Why is this ranked #172?

I think the voters on the IMDb Top 250 favor westerns and old fashioned shootouts.  Most of the films I’ve watched have involved guns.  Here’s another.  Redford and Newman in the same film make for good times. It’s certainly not the best I’ve seen — there are far better films ranked lower — so it’s likely a timeless classic that has a place in the hearts of movie folks who probably also like Pirates of the Caribbean and all of the superhero movies coming out. I’ve heard the music is a big deal as well.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She had an even lesser opinion about it than I did.

Would I watch it again?

Maybe.  It’s fun, but westerns aren’t my bag. I haven’t seen one I liked on this list yet.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

If you’d like.  I think it’s worth a shot, but I could be mistaken.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Although an iconic film, I don’t understand why it belongs otherwise.

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