Sunday, July 08, 2007

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1969 and you have George Roy Hill working with a William Goldman script and directing Paul Newman and Robert just doesn't get any better than this. This flick won some serious awards and built some serious careers and if you haven't seen it you must. You can find reams of writing on this baby so I won't waste your time..I will mention is the first big screen role for modern Western mainstay Sam Elliott. The great Cloris Leachman and Kenneth Mars who we would later see in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN team up for the first time here and Star Trek TOS vet Jeff Corey is here as is Ted Cassidy who we all knew and loved as LURCH in the Addams Family and some might even remember as BIG FOOT in THE BIONIC WOMAN (of which a new updated series is being shot as we "speak"). Once again I have to point out Hill falls victims to the frickin' hippies that must have plagued Hollywood at the time because there is all of this out of place flower power folksy crap on the soundtrack of which I will not include RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD as that piece actually works in the context in which it is used. Really though, the story here is Newman and Redford...the chemistry of these two is simply not to be outdone!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken, just keep up the good work. I love reading your movie reviews...makes me want to re-watch at bunch of these films too!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Hi guys, Hi Ivanna!

Hey, I just watched an awesome half hour "making of BC&TSK...with a lot of voice overs and interview with the director. It was fascinating, how they did the jump off the rocks and at the end...there were some challenges because Newman uses "the method" so production would stop to discuss ideas, and in fact Redford and Newman offered and they were used some integral aspects to the characters and the story....he says he wonders if anyone will like this
movie....and I choked up because he sounded so insecure and of course...this is one of the most beloved movies out there!

I too am enjoying all these reviews...

8:48 AM  

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