Screenwriter William Goldman (1931-2018) was drawn to the true story of robbers Robert Leroy “Butch Cassidy” Parker and Harry Alonzo “The Sundance Kid” Longabaugh because, despite what F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, they got a second act. Goldman (All the President’s Men, The Princess Bride) won the Oscar for his screenplay, controversial because its heroes flee (to Bolivia), something John Wayne would never have done. Often assailed as the death of the western, Butch Cassidy reflects its turbulent times with sympathetic antiheroes, comic banter and anachronistic music (including the Oscar-winning Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head). Its charms are many, notably the irrepressible chemistry of leads Paul Newman (Butch), Robert Redford (Sundance; Steve McQueen originally was cast) and Katharine Ross (Etta Place). Ross will appear at our screening, along with her husband, Sam Elliott (who plays Card Player #2). George Roy Hill’s film isn’t perfect, but its appeal endures.
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