Time: 110 mins.
Won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Song, Original Screenplay and Score. Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Sound.
It wasn't until BUTCH came out on DVD that I took the time to watch the whole film. Though it takes place in the wild west, it's really more of an action comedy. Newman and Redford, in their first on-screen pairing, begin their film partnership on a rousing high note. They may have never acted together before, but they seem like old friends and it's this connection that makes BUTCH something special. You have to believe that these two men would die to protect each other, that their relationship is the most important thing in their lives. In a strange way they're like a married couple forced to stick together in good times and bad. They could go their own ways, but it never occurs to them. They are better together than they would be apart.
Newman plays the charming, mastermind Butch and Redford, the Sundance Kid, a brooding sharpshooter with the fastest guns in the West. The film follows the basic thread of their actual history. However, it does take some liberties with the truth, compacting time and eliminating the more boring aspects. For our purposes, the story begins in the later days of their notorious careers. They are well known bank robbers with Butch the leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Bored with banks they decide to rob the local train, which doesn't make the train's owner very happy. In fact, their antics make him so mad, he hires a special posse to hunt them down and make sure they'll never be able to rob anyone ever again. They've been on the run from the law before, but never like this. To gain some peace of mind and distance, they head to South America with Sundance's girlfriend Etta in tow. They need someone who knows Spanish and though Sundance puts up a tough exterior, he doesn't want to leave her behind.