One of the most likeable movies of the 20th century, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is the September showing by the Barossa Film Club. Made in 1969 and directed by George Hill, the film stars two of the biggest names of the time, Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid. Loosely based on the exploits of the notorious Hole-in-the-Wall gang, it tells of a botched train robbery which forces the duo to flee to Bolivia with the Sundance Kid’s girlfriend, Etta, played by Katharine Ross. There they resume their criminal careers, until they reach the inevitable shoot-out with the army.
This is an utterly disarming combination of smart, original screen-writing, handsome visual treatment and star power in well-defined, contrasting chracters. The screenplay is exciting, funny and romantic, slyly satirising and embracing the Western legend. Movies just don’t come more attractive and likeable than this one.
The evening opens with a New Zealand short film “Two Cars, One Night”, at 7.30 pm on Friday 21st September at Faith Wine Centre, followed by the main feature after a break for supper. Entry is free for members, with a small donation requested from non-members.