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Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid 1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid remains one of the best crafted and most beloved of all the Westerns made The primary differentiator between Butch Cassidy and The Sundance kid and the other hundreds of films littering the genre is its lighthearted tone The movie is jovial without being silly it retains the sense of adventure that characterizes the Western genre George Roy Hill and William Goldman threw audiences a curve ball by opting for the road less traveled when making a western and were rewarded with a roaring success The film opens with a caption informing viewers that most of what they are about to witness is true however this caption is toying with the audience and its expectations In many of Goldmans other films he has some aspects within the movie that are based upon established facts Instead of looking deeply into the history of these two bank robbers he developed the film around the legend of Butch and Sundance as they went about their lives of robbing banks and trains There are many qualities that make this film good first there are plenty of on-screen deaths but none of them are graphic or gruesome Secondly he elevated the role of Etta the girlfriend of Sundance from that of the traditional love interest to a more complex character Thirdly he rejected a traditional musical score in favor of something more contemporary and limited the music to three specialized sequences during the film This lends itself to what is considered the oddest aspect of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -- when the song Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head was thrown into the mix This occurred in multiple scenes --when Butch took Etta for a ride on his bicycle when the three companions stop in New York on their way to Bolivia and during a montage that introduced their return to an illegal occupation in
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