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'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969) (Trailer below)
"In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot "Sundance Kid". As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all."
Directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross...'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' won 4 Oscars at the 1970 Academy Awards for Best Writing-Story-and Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music-Original Song (for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") and Best Music-Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (George Roy Hill) and Best Sound.
Holding a 90% audience rating at rottentomatoes.com, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' was ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest "Western" films in 2008 as well as their #73 Greatest Movie of All Time in 2007.
Besides it's 7 Oscar nominations (including 4 wins) it also currently holds the record for the British Academy Awards (BAFTAs)...with 9 wins. It won for Picture, Actor (Robert Redford), Actress (Katharine Ross), Direction (George Roy Hill), Screenplay, Cinematography, Film editing, Sound and Score.
Don't miss this chance to see this great late-60s/early-70s classic at one of San Diego's best movie theaters (The Reading Gaslamp 15)!
Creator of this Event: Robb
Cost: Only $7.00 (includes $2 off a popcorn or soda - just ask for the discount!)
When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 at 6:40pm and head into the theater at 6:50pm.
After the Film: We may swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.
Other Interesting Facts:
- 'Butch Cassidy' (Robert Leroy Parker) was so nick-named because he once worked in a butcher's shop whilst 'The Sundance Kid' (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh) was nick-named this because he once was arrested in the Wyoming town of Sundance.
- The more commonly used name for Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid's gang was The Wild Bunch. However, when the Sam Peckinpah film, The Wild Bunch, was released a few months earlier, the name of the gang was changed to the Hole in the Wall Gang to avoid confusion with Peckinpah's film.
- The filmmakers tried to get Bob Dylan to sing Burt Bacharach's famous song for the movie. He declined.
- Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of Butch Cassidy.
- Jack Lemmon turned down the role of Sundance because of a scheduling conflict with The Odd Couple.
- Marlon Brando was seriously considered to team with Paul Newman for one of the roles.
- Other actors that were under consideration for the role of Sundance were Steve McQueen and Warren Beatty. McQueen withdrew due to billing disagreements, and Beatty declined as he found the film too similar to Bonnie and Clyde.
- This was Sam Elliott's feature film debut.
- The bull's name in the film is "Bill". He was flown in from Los Angeles for the bicycle scene, which was shot in Utah. In order to make Bill charge, the filmmakers sprayed a substance on his testicles. Oddly, he didn't seem to mind and endured it through several takes.