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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

"Not that it matters...but most of it is true..."

'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, '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.

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  • Phil C

    Something worth mentioning in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is the bicycle as a metaphor for the emerging mechanistic society. Butch Cassidy's skill on the bike demonstrated he could have been successful in that bureaucracy, but he chose to live out a life of nostalgia. it was funny how the bicycle salesman represent the displaced the old law enforcement system of the sherif and a posse that turned into an unyielding mechanization of law that would so relentlessly pursuit justice until Butch Cassidy complained that relentlessness was not only unjust but also bad business. When the two was finally driven into law enforcement themselves and ended up killing the Bolivian bandits the Kid ironically ask what are we going to do now that we have turned straight. Killing those bandits was not only a foreshadowed of their own destiny, but it also showed that they were forced into participating in this bureaucratic justice that doubled would back to them. Australia remained their last hope

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • Phil C

    As I said after the movie, this was one of those few movies that I pretty much disagree with the critics, partly because I like serious and intimate movies and Buch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid seemed more like a couple of guys goofing off making light of life. However, in my reassessment, I think I was wrong. This time around, I liked the sort of snide and cool sense of humor that is indicative of a deep and intimate male relationship. Up to the very last moment you knew the two loved each other even more than they did for their girl friend or even life itself. I also liked the sense that the two knew they came late to the party and was desperately trying to make up for lost time for the bygone ear, even going to the end of the earth (Bolivia) to play out their last act. I felt the coolness of Paul Newman, and the Snideness of Robert Redford perfectly recuperated a couple of romantic losers displaced by time.

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • Shannyn

    I can't believe I waited so long to see this!!! :9)

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Robb

    Hope everyone's weekend was great! Here are the Theater-Temp, Parking and Time reminders -

    It can sometimes be chilly or warm in the bring a jacket or sweater if you'd like.

    Since it's not baseball season, Park-it-on-Market is a great option on weekdays for parking (only $1 an hour on weekdays and only a block from the Reading Gaslamp 15). There's an entrance on 6th Ave between G and Market - 655 Sixth Ave.

    Horton Plaza also offers 3 hours of free parking with their self-validation machines. Just remember to actually get your ticket validated and watch the time carefully. If you don't make it back within 3 hours...the lot is $8 an hour for every additional hour.

    Although the movie starts at 7pm...the group will be heading into the theater at 6:50pm. If you don't make it to the lobby by problem. Either look for the group in the actual theater...or look for us immediately after the film.

    See everyone at the theater!


    November 5, 2013

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