Monday, July 01, 2013

Past Perfect: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Home movie gems from the past few decades that need some dusting but never get old.

Butch

It was only recently that I finally got around to watching this classic, and once again the overwhelming feeling afterwards was that I really should be dedicating more time to watching these golden oldies, because there’s usually a very evident reason why they’ve endured. I had never watched a film with Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their prime, and I can see what all the fuss is about. If you want a perfect example of on-screen chemistry, look no further - the title pair are so effortlessly brilliant together that they’re a joy to watch. And it gets even better when Sundance’s girlfriend joins the fray, including a famous musical bicycle scene which will have you humming for the rest of the day and bringing out your old Burt Bacharach tapes. It's basically a chase film, and although it doesn't maintain the great quality of the first half, it still ends with a wonderful, classic scene.

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