February 8th: Lazy Sunday Afternoon

43. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969) #150 in IMDB top 250

Yeah, I know. I should have seen this by now. But I hadn’t. I’d even managed to watch The Great Waldo Pepper before this. So what to say about it? It’s all surface really. What you’re watching is two of the biggest stars in Hollywood at the time just cavorting around a facsimile of the West. The thing I enjoyed the most was probably the relentless pursuit that formed the central act of the film. The ominous thundering of hooves and Butch’s refrain ‘Who are those guys?’ build to the now infamous jump. Unfortunately the film sags a bit after the pursuit – the last half hour is a bit of a meander until the legendary stand-off. But having said that, there aren’t many more appropriate ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Note: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is listed in the Neon book 1000 Essential Movies on Video under ‘Buddy Movies’.

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