Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid facts for kids
|Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid|
|Directed by||George Roy Hill|
|Produced by||John Foreman|
|Written by||William Goldman|
|Music by||Burt Bacharach|
|Cinematography||Conrad L. Hall|
|Editing by||John C. Howard,
Richard C. Meyer
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||September 24, 1969|
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Language||English / Spanish|
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American movie from 20th Century Fox. George Roy Hill directed it, and John Foreman produced it. It stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two robbers in Wyoming who go to Bolivia to escape the law.
The movie was loosely based on the real story of the two title characters (Butch Cassidy and his friend Harry Longabaugh, also called "Sundance"). But it made the legends of the two more popular.
It won four Academy Awards: for Best Cinematography (shooting work on a movie), Best Original Score, Best Song (Burt Bacharach's "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") and Best Original Screenplay (William Goldman). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Hill) and Best Sound. Goldman won the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay.
At first, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen (even Marlon Brando) were called upon to play the title roles. When Newman and Redford took their place, the roles were switched, with Newman as Sundance, and Redford as Cassidy. The studio, 20th Century Fox, did not like Redford's role. But the movie's director, Hill, wanted it that way.
As a result, Redford has said that the movie made him a more famous actor.
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