Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid: Tony's Comments
"Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" is a buddy western movie with a difference, it has everything you would expect in a good western plus more, it crosses all genres, action, adventure, drama, suspense and of course comedy. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" went on to win four including, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Song and Best Screenplay. Paul Newman is in his prime & Robert Redford is at his youthful best, the two actors combine brilliantly together and give possibly their best performances ever. The film features many comedic moments the most memorable being, the train robbery (blowing up the safe), the duos jump into the river (Redford's character can't swim) and of course the bank robberies (Butch and Sundance unable to speak the lingo). The chemistry they produced on screen was spot on and their popularity as a duo went through the roof, so much so that there was a demand for them to appear in more films together. The result was the hugely popular heist film "The Sting"(1973), which won 7 Oscars including Best Picture. "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" was such a box office hit that the film spawned a prequel "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" (1979), starring William Katt and Tom Berenger. It is interesting to note that both Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen were offered the role of "Sundance" and when Redford was eventually given one of the roles he was cast as Butch and not Sundance. It was at Redford's suggestion that Newman and him switch roles. Also, Bob Dylan was originally meant to sing the famous Academy Award winning Burt Bacharach number "Raindrops Drops Keep Falling On My Head".