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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Outlaws rob, kill, and enjoy the company of prostitutes.
Positive Role Models
Both Butch and the Sundance Kid embody "anti-heroes," outlaws who rob banks and trains and would rather die shooting than surrender peacefully.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of shooting and resulting death; some blood. Butch wins a fight by kicking a rival in the crotch as hard as he can. While hidden in a dark room, the Sundance Kid cocks his gun at a woman and it initially seems that he's forcing her at gunpoint to remove her clothes; it's eventually revealed that they're lovers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Butch and Sundance frequent prostitutes; some undressing, no nudity.
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Whiskey and beer drinking in saloons and bordellos. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is the classic 1969 movie in which Paul Newman and Robert Redford play the legendary outlaws. While in some ways a self-aware movie poking some fun at the styles and conventions of Western movies, many of those conventions are still present -- gun and rife battles between outlaws and the authorities, beer and whiskey drinking in saloons, frolicking in bordellos with prostitutes. In one scene, Sundance is in a dark room pointing a gun at a woman on the other side of the room and seemingly forcing her to remove her clothes; it's later revealed that they're lovers. Occasional profanity: "s--t," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell." Overall, while this movie is very much a product of its anti-authoritarian time, it's also a timeless evocation of legend and myth, and the "buddy movie" aspect of it inspired countless other buddy movies in the decades to come. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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."
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