Parents' Guide to

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic tale of two famous outlaws; violence, cursing.

Movie PG 1969 111 minutes
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Based on 5 parent reviews

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15+ Contains violence and alarming sexual content.

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Our review:
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Just as the real outlaws they portray are said to have been, Paul Newman and Robert Redford are an incredibly charismatic team. It's impossible to watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and not laugh with them, sympathize with them, even want to see them shoot their way out of trouble. What sort of example, parents might wonder, does that set for their children? Before answering, consider the talents of director George Roy Hill (who later reunited the two stars in The Sting) and screenwriter William Goldman, because they do something remarkable here. They construct a sublimely entertaining movie around the plight of two outlaws fleeing justice, but amidst the laughs and the clever exchanges lingers the scent of impending misfortune, an ever-present reminder that these men are criminals.

There's no outright moralizing -- Goldman is far too shrewd a writer for that -- but the message comes through, amidst a hail of gunfire, that crime is only glamorous up to a point. "Your times is over," they're told, "and you're gonna die bloody, and all you can do is choose where." The import of that statement is not lost on the viewer. Academy Awards went to Goldman for his outstanding screenplay, Conrad Hall for cinematography, and Burt Bacharach for his original score and the movie's theme song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."

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