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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Funny and poignant tale of two famous outlaws.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 1969
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Outlaws rob, kill, and enjoy the company of prostitutes.


Lots of shooting and resulting death; some blood.


Butch and Sundance frequent prostitutes; some undressing, no nudity.


Occasional mild to moderate profanity.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking and carousing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this classic film's message is somewhat responsible (crime does indeed pay, but not without consequences), but parents should know this movie contains prostitutes, drinking and carousing and lots and lots of shooting.

What's the story?

Butch is the brains and Sundance the levelheaded sure-shot. Together, they've led the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang through so many bank and train robberies that it was just a matter of time before the law came riding hard after them. The gang splits, and for a while Butch and Sundance elude the tireless posse and hole up with Sundance's girl, Etta (Katharine Ross), to plan their next move. Butch decides the best option is for all three of them to head for Bolivia. They'll even go straight if they have to. Traveling with a woman will be good cover -- or so they think, until the posse reappears in South America, eager for blood.

Is it any good?


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."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the charisma of the outlaws: It's impossible to watch this movie 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? Is it ever okay to break the law if you can get away with it? What do you think of the crimes Butch and Sundance committed?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 24, 1969
DVD/Streaming release date:April 1, 1997
Cast:Katharine Ross, Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Director:George Roy Hill
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, History
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byTrebuchet May 12, 2012

My favorite movie of all time

This movie deserves its acclaim; it's a classic. The acting and writing are wonderful, and there are some outstanding dramatic and comic moments. But most kids will probably think it is too slow. It is a subtle movie with little dialog. William Goldman wrote in "Adventures in the Screen Trade" that he was fascinated by the idea of two criminals who achieved legendary status in the US, and then went to Bolivia and were even more legendary there. They recaptured their past, as so many wish to do but never manage. The soundtrack is one of the best ever, too. Burt Bacharach did a great job, not only on "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" but also "South American Getaway" and all the others. It isn't for kids. It doesn't really have a lot of positive messages, except for presenting an enduring friendship, but it is great anyway.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byagent man June 4, 2011

good movie

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written byVivian_L October 9, 2010


Funny and amazingly exciting coupled with great acting. Real fun movie to watch. One of the greatest movies I have ever seen. 12+ for sexual content.