"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969, 35 mm)
Directed by George Roy Hill
Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross
The popularity of Westerns in the twentieth century was evident by the notable actors who starred in the genre. Many great actors appeared onscreen together, but one of the greatest pairings in the history of the Western genre was Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is the ultimate buddy Western. Newman and Redford star as real-life outlaws who embark on a series of misadventures including bank and train robberies. With the law in constant pursuit, the two ultimately decide to hide out in Bolivia. But will they get there before the law finally catches up with them?
Prior to the screening, Jeffrey Richardson, the Autrys Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, will lead a discussion of the film and its place within the Western genre. Be sure to visit the Autrys Imagination Gallery, an ongoing exhibition devoted to the Western. Putting the genre into a larger historical context, the gallery shows how the Western evolved in response to social and cultural changes taking place in America during the twentieth century.