A 1969 Western written by William Goldman, starring Paul Newman (as Butch) and Robert Redford (as Sundance.)Loosely based on the Real Life story of two outlaws who fled to Bolivia in an attempt to outrun their pursuers. Full of snarking, daring escapes, and a real tearjerking ending. The movie follows the Hole In The Wall gang, led by Butch Cassidy, making their living robbing banks and trains. When they are ambushed, and most of the gang scattered or killed, Butch and Sundance, along with Sundance's girlfriend Etta, make their way to Bolivia where 'banks are easy.' Although in the end, things don't turn out quite as they planned.
Butch: You know, every time I see Hole-in-the-Wall again, it's like seeing it fresh for the first time. And every time that happens, I keep asking myself the same question; how could I be so damn stupid to keep coming back here?
Bandito: After Butch and Sundance decide to go straight in Bolivia, and get jobs guarding a mine's payroll, they wind up in a shootout with some Bolivian banditos who want to steal said payroll.
Batman Gambit: E.H. Harriman baits the Hole in the Wall gang with another train, then sends the Posse after them.
Improbable Aiming Skills: 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.
Intermission: The film includes a five-minute Good Times Montage of still photos which served very little expository purpose. It is not an official intermission, but it is a great time to go to the bathroom. It was originally planned to be a live action sequence of Butch, Sundance and Etta in New York, on their way to Bolivia, using the New York sets built for Hello, Dolly!, but production delays for Hello Dolly meant that Butch Cassidy would be released first, and the Hello Dolly producers didn't want people thinking that they had reused sets built for Butch Cassidy.
It Will Never Catch On: Initially averted, and eventually sort-of played straight with Butch's bicycle. Though he throws it away more because they can't carry it on their wagon.
The Ken Burns Effect: Used to liven up the photo montage that illustrates the gang's trip to New York City and thence to South America.
Oh, Crap: When the gambler in the opening scene realizes who he was just accusing of cheating.
Outlaw: Butch, Sundance and the rest of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang.
Precision F-Strike: There isn't a lot of cursing in this movie, but Butch and Sundance get off a pretty good one when they jump into the river.
Put on a Bus: Etta, who was a rather important character in the movie, who had been following them throughout the whole story, suddenly says she wants to go home. She's never seen or mentioned again. Justified, as Etta told Sundance that she wouldn't watch him die, so she leaves him after Butch and Sundance refuse to go straight via farming or ranching. The real-life Etta Place vanished from history.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: A cruel subversion as we discover that Butch Cassidy had never killed anyone. That is, until he went straight and served as a bodyguard. This is actually true, as Butch Cassidy was a lapsed Mormon and had strong feelings against killing. He figured God would probably forgive him for everything else as long as he avoided killing.
The "hole-in-the-wall gang" was more commonly known as the "Wild Bunch". "Hole-in-the-wall" was the name of one of their hideouts.
The Sundance Kid didn't grow up in Atlantic City.
Although the Sundance Kid had a reputation as an excellent gunfighter, he is not known to have actually killed anyone prior to his final stand in Bolivia (though he is known to have wounded a few). The real killer of the gang was a man called Kid Curry. It's possible that people mixed them up, since they both had "Kid" in their names.
The deaths of Butch and the Kid are historically foggy. There was a shootout involving the Bolivian army vs. two foreign bandits, but the bandits shot themselves and were buried in unmarked graves before they could be positively identified. (There is some inconclusive evidence that Butch remained alive several years beyond that incident, living a quiet life. But there is no particular evidence for the Kid remaining alive.)
Worrying for the Wrong Reason: In the film's most famous scene, the characters are debating whether or not to escape their pursuers by jumping from a high cliff into a river. Butch insists that they should, but Sundance is dead set against it. Eventually he reveals the reason for his reluctance: he can't swim. At which point Butch starts laughing at him and cries: