Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
American biography, colour, 1969, by George Roy Hill, Language: English, Spanish, Subtitles: Hungarian, 110'
Directed by George Roy Hill
Screenplay by William Goldmann
Director of photography: Conrad L. Hall
Music by Burt Bacharach
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey
Production: Campanile Productions, George Roy Hill-Paul Monash Production, Newman-Foreman Company
One of the finest ever Hollywood screenwriters, William Goldman, wrote a screenplay in which dialogue takes a back seat. Happiness is manifested in a bicycle and a song… more vividly than if anybody talked about it or made a confession. It is a song by the great composer Burt Bacharach, who started his career accompanying Marlene Dietrich on piano: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head. We can also see the South American adventure, the bank robber series, in a musical insert, and in the marvellous closing scene that is about both courage and liberty, and about how it is better to accept death than a caged-up existence behind bars. In the end, it is not the dialogue that is important. Many reckon that there was never, and never will be, a better pairing than these two blue-eyed actors who teamed up to make history.