History Film / ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid

30th Mar '17 1:39:34 AM Darkmage7280
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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: There's a reason this film is the TropeNamer for BolivianArmyEnding. It is unclear, however, if they realize what they're up against and choose to go out in a blaze of glory, or if they really think they have a chance to break out.

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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: BetterToDieThanBeKilled: There's a reason this film is the TropeNamer for BolivianArmyEnding. It is unclear, however, if they realize what they're up against and choose to go out in a blaze of glory, or if they really think they have a chance to break out.
3rd Mar '17 7:34:14 PM wittylibrarian
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* EndOfAnEra: See also TwilightOfTheOldWest. The advancing technology of the bicycle[[note]]The chain-driven version made in the 1880s[[/note]] of all things underscoring how the Wild West - with all the gamblers, gunfighters, train robbers - was fading away.



* FamousLastWords:

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* FamousLastWords: Maybe.
19th Feb '17 1:18:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* MrSmith: When Butch and Sundance decide to give up crime, they tell their employer that their names are Smith and Jones.



* MultipleGunshotDeath: Although we don't get to see it on-screen, the ending implies that Butch and Sundance were gunned down by three or four squads of Bolivian Army riflemen.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: Joe Lefors. So mysterious, he's never even properly seen in the film. Butch and Sundance see him once from a distance of a mile or more, then later on see someone they assume is him from behind, although it's not clear if it's really Lefors or just paranoia on their part. When Butch and Sundance were at night and planted a diversion for Lefor's men to split up and so trick them, they fall... for almost a minute. Then they resume their persecution. Those guys were scary.
* NameAndName
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Butch's leadership of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang is challenged by Harvey Logan. Logan produces a large knife; Butch tricks his dimwitted opponent into momentarily letting his guard down by discussing the "rules" for the fight, kicks him in the crotch, and knocks him out cold.
* NoEscapeButDown: When the title characters are trapped against the edge of a cliff by the posse pursuing them, they decide to take their chances and jump into the river below.
* NoHoldsBarredContest:
-->'''Butch:''' No, no. Not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the rules straightened out.
-->'''Harvey:''' Rules in a knife fight? No rules!
-->'''Butch:''' ([[GroinAttack kicks Harvey in the 'nads]]) If there ain't no rules, let's get started. Someone count 1, 2, 3, go.
-->'''Sundance:''' 1, 2, 3, go!
-->'''Butch:''' (knocks Harvey out with a two-handed punch)
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Subverted. The two heroes jump off a cliff to escape pursuit. Sundance says that he can't swim, and Butch laughs, saying "The fall will prob'ly kill ya!"



* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: Butch and Sundance are forced to jump off a cliff to escape a pursuing posse: they land in a river and are carried away downstream.
* OffscreenInertia: This may have been the reasoning behind the ending, and perhaps some of the subsequent imitations as well. If you don't actually see the heroes get killed in the ensuing battle then there's the possibility, however slim, that they're still fighting, and managed to win. It helps that there is some historical evidence that Butch survived the shootout (though none for Sundance).



* PinkertonDetective: They pursue the duo to Bolivia (both in real life and in the film.)
* {{Posse}}:
** The town marshal tries to get a posse together to pursue the Hole in the Wall gang after a train robbery, but his lack of charisma, the gang's lethal reputation and the intervention of a bicycle salesman foil him.
** During the second train robbery, the gang is attacked by a expert posse specially formed by "Mr. E. H. Harriman of the Union Pacific Railroad" to hunt down Butch and the Sundance Kid. This pursuit eventually drives Our Heroes to Bolivia, and their doom.



* RunForTheBorder: While fleeing from their pursuers:
-->'''Sundance:''' Let's go to Mexico instead.\\
'''Butch:''' All they got in Mexico is sweat. There's too much of that here.
** They eventually decide to go to [[BolivianArmyEnding Bolivia]].
* {{Safecracking}}: Mr. E.H. Harriman's newest safe defeats Butch's cracker. So they use dynamite. A LOT of dynamite. It winds up destroying the whole train car as well as the safe and sending the money flying everywhere.



* {{Schoolmarm}}: Etta Place, Sundance's woman, is a schoolmarm who abandons her duties to go to South America with them.



* SlowMotionFall: When the title characters shoot down the Bolivian bandits.



* SurroundedByIdiots: As Butch, Sundance, and their employer are on a mission to pick up a payroll, Butch and Sundance are watching for an ambush. The employer says "Morons. I've got morons on my team.", and explains that no one will ambush them because they don't have the money yet.



* ThereAreNoRules: Parodied. Logan has challenged Butch to a fight for leadership of the Hole in the Wall gang.
--> '''Butch:''' No, no, not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the rules straightened out. (Starts walking towards Harvey)
--> '''Logan:''' Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!
--> '''Butch:''' ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Gives Logan a kick]] GroinAttack, disabling him)
--> '''Butch:''' Well, if there ain't going to be any rules, let's get the fight started. Someone count 1,2,3 go.
--> '''Sundance:''' ''(very fast)'' 1,2,3, go!
--> '''Butch:''' (Knocks out Logan with a two-handed punch)
* ThreesomeSubtext: Butch + Sundance + Etta is just this side of canon.



* TryAndFollow: The duo jump off the cliff into the river below to avoid being caught. But that isn't enough and they learn later that their pursuers will keep after them until they were captured or dead.



* WantedMeter: Butch and Sundance are having a peachy time robbing trains until the railroads employs a team of special detectives to hunt them down. They manage to escape to South America, where they think they can reset their KarmaMeter, but they find that the wanted level transfered and soon run afoul of the Bolivian Army




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* YeahShot: A somewhat less-cheery variant shows up at the end.
* YouCanKeepHer:
--> "What are you doing?"
--> "Stealing your woman."
--> ({{beat}}) "Take her."
19th Feb '17 11:50:29 AM CumbersomeTercel
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A 1969 {{Western}} directed by George Roy Hill, written by WilliamGoldman, and starring Creator/PaulNewman (as Butch) and Creator/RobertRedford (as Sundance.)

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A 1969 {{Western}} directed by George Roy Hill, written by WilliamGoldman, Creator/WilliamGoldman, and starring Creator/PaulNewman (as Butch) and Creator/RobertRedford (as Sundance.)




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* AnimalStampede: Humorously subverted. Butch attempts—at some length—to upset a pen of horses in order to get them to stampede to cover the gang's escape, only to be completely ignored by the creatures.



* ArchEnemy: Although they do not appear in the film, Joe Lefors and E.H. Harriman are the archenemies of Butch and Sundance.
* AsymmetricDilemma: About to jump from a high precipice into a river below, Sundance points out that he can't swim. "You crazy?" says Butch, "The fall will probably kill you!"
* AtomicFBomb: When Butch and Sundance jump off the cliff into the river, Sundance lets off an epic '''''"AHHHHH SHIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTT!"'''''
* BackToBackBadasses: Butch and Sundance throughout.



* [[BatmanGambit/LiveActionFilms Batman Gambit]]: [[spoiler: E.H. Harriman baits the Hole-in-the-Wall gang with another train, then sends the Posse From Hell after them.]]
* BilingualBonus: Some scenes in Bolivia are funnier if you speak Spanish.

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* [[BatmanGambit/LiveActionFilms Batman Gambit]]: BankRobbery: Butch and Sundance carry out several in Bolivia.
* BatmanGambit:
[[spoiler: E.H. Harriman baits the Hole-in-the-Wall gang with another train, then sends the Posse From Hell after them.]]
* BilingualBonus: Some scenes BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: There's a reason this film is the TropeNamer for BolivianArmyEnding. It is unclear, however, if they realize what they're up against and choose to go out in Bolivia are funnier a blaze of glory, or if you speak Spanish.they really think they have a chance to break out.



* BigBad: Joe Lefors.



* BilingualBonus: Some scenes in Bolivia are funnier if you speak Spanish.
* BladeOfGrassCut: Visible in a fade in/out of a tree branch with dew, set to "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head".



* CarnivalOfKillers: The Super Posse.
* TheChase: The entire middle third of the movie is this as [[{{Determinator}} the bounty hunters]] pursue Butch and Sundance across the Western landscape..

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* CarnivalOfKillers: The Super Posse.
Posse, which includes Indian tracker Lord Baltimore and lawman Joe leFors and which has been paid to stay on the trail of the outlaws till they are dead.
* CasualDangerDialog: Very common, but averted in one famous scene: Butch gets annoyed when Sundance finally shows some emotion about being chased for days and cornered on a cliff overlooking a raging river.
-->'''Butch:''' What's the matter with you?\\
'''Sundance:''' I can't swim!\\
'''Butch:''' ''(pause, then raucous laughter)'' Are you crazy?! The fall will probably kill you!
* CentralTheme: How two people can spend their whole lives together and never really know each other.
* ChallengingTheChief: Butch had apparently stated prior to the events of the film that anyone who wanted to could challenge him for leadership. Butch set this rule because he thought nobody would ever take him up on it, but early in the film the biggest, meanest member of his gang does just that. Through a combination of [[GuileHero Guile]] and being willing to FightDirty, Butch manages to win despite the fact that he shouldn't have had a chance in the fight.
* TheChase: The entire middle third of the movie is this as [[{{Determinator}} the bounty hunters]] pursue Butch and Sundance across the Western landscape..landscape.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome, in some scenes.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome, DeliberatelyMonochrome: Sepia is used thrice: in some scenes.the intro, in a travel montage and the finale.



* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler:The pair, however, are painfully unaware that a sizeable battalion of the Bolivian Army has come to kill them.]]
-->'''Butch:''' Hey, wait a minute. You didn't see Lefors out there, did ya?\\
'''Sundance:''' Lefors? No.\\
'''Butch:''' Oh good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.



* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble."
* FamousLastWords:
* FreezeFrameEnding: The original BolivianArmyEnding, [[spoiler:just as Butch and Sundance, hopelessly outnumbered, come out firing. The massive gunfire heard during the freeze frame implies they did not make it]].
** "That's what happens when you live ten years alone in Bolivia! You get colorful!" Percy Garris
** "Lefors? No." [[spoiler:Sundance Kid]]
** "Oh, good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble." [[spoiler:Butch Cassidy]]



* HandGagging: During the second train robbery. [[spoiler:Woodcock, thinking Butch and Sundance were going to harm a female train passenger, opens the door to the car with the safe in it, only to find Sundance has the woman like this while Butch imitated her voice]].



* HappilyEverBefore: The last shot of the movie freeze-frames literally the instant before the two heroes are gunned down, leaving us with a final image of the two in which they are very much alive, and doing what they do best.



* IfWeGetThroughThis: Butch and Sundance jokingly discuss moving to Australia in the middle of the film, but the same is notably missing from the ending. Goldman said that omitting the reminiscing gives a sense of obscure bravery to the death scene, since once they realize that they really are going to die they completely refuse to act like it.



* KlingonPromotion: Attempted when Harvey Logan demands that Butch fight him to the death, with the expectation that the winner would be the leader of the hole-in-the-wall gang. "Guns or knives?" Subverted when Butch tells Sundance to kill Harvey if he wins the fight.
* KnifeFight: Logan proposes one when he challenges Butch for leadership of the gang. Butch instead delivers a GroinAttack.



* LeaderWannabe: When Butch and the Kid return to the Hole in the Wall Gang they find that Harvey wants to take over from Butch. Harvey challenges Butch to a fight, but Butch takes him out with a surprise GroinAttack.



* LoopholeAbuse: Butch is about to participate in a knife fight with Harvey, a member of his gang challenging him for leadership. Butch starts walking towards Harvey and claims that first they have to get the rules straightened out. Harvey thinks the idea of rules in a knife fight is so dumb that he lowers his guard and bellows that there are no rules. Butch immediately kicks Harvey in the groin, states that if there aren't going to be any rules it's about time to start the fight, and finishes off Harvey before he can recover from Butch's sneak attack.



* MakeItLookLikeAStruggle: When Butch and Sundance go to see their friend Sheriff Bledsoe, he insists on their tying him up and gagging him so there's no chance of him losing his job if anyone saw the two criminals entering his home.
* MatteShot: The "cliff jump" scene features a matte-painted cliff wall.
* MisplacedNamesPoster: The [[http://dodomacineclub.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/butch-cassidy-and-the-sundance-kid.jpg ultimate collector's edition slipcover]] has Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/RobertRedford's names swapped. However, the [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51a0YxK7J%2BL.jpg cover of the case itself]] uses the same text with a different pictures where the actors match their names.



* [[TemptingFate/{{Film}} Tempting Fate]]

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* [[TemptingFate/{{Film}} Tempting Fate]]TemptingFate:
9th Jan '17 11:33:53 PM sudo
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* SternChase: From the arrival of the posse until Butch and Sandance escape to Bolivia.
29th Oct '16 9:39:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Sundance, while Butch is the brains.
11th Sep '16 6:20:18 PM JackG
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Butch and Sundance relax on the balcony of a whorehouse, unbeknownst to the Marshal ''across the street'' who is failing to form a posse to get them.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Butch and Sundance relax on the balcony of a whorehouse, unbeknownst to the Marshal ''across the street'' who is [[ApatheticCitizens failing to form a posse posse]] to get them.them.
** FailedAttemptAtDrama: Then the Marshal's efforts are interrupted by a bicycle salesman taking advantage of the crowd he's gathered.
20th Aug '16 10:20:50 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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** Sundance also shoots the gunbelt off a man and shoots the gun itself across the floor at the start of the film.
2nd Aug '16 6:56:21 PM pwiegle
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* TheDreaded / TheGhost: Joe Lefors, the lawman who tracks our heroes all the way to Bolivia.

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* TheDreaded / TheGhost: Joe Lefors, [=LeFors=], the lawman who tracks our heroes all the way to Bolivia.Bolivia.
** Or so they think. They saw a man wearing a white straw boater hat and assumed it was [=LeFors=], but never found out for certain.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: The Kid tries to shoot a coin to impress the mine owner, but can't do it standing still. He has to quick draw and shoot in rapid succession, and only then does he blast the coin all over the place.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: The Kid tries mine owner wants Sundance to shoot a coin plug of chewing tobacco to impress the mine owner, test his skill, but Sundance can't do hit it standing still. He has to quick draw and shoot in rapid succession, and only then does he blast the coin tobacco all over the place.
27th Jul '16 6:01:57 AM morenohijazo
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* MonochromeToColor: The first scene is in a sepia-toned black-and-white, likely in order to establish the old-timey 1898 mood. After Butch finishes casing a bank and Sundance has a confrontation over a poker game, they leave town, and the film switches to color.
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