June 29, 2012

You Just Keep Thinkin' Butch, That's What You're Good At


I'm watching Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid tonight. Right now, as I type. Can I tell you how much I love this movie? I love this movie. 

Before Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and other current actors who think they're manly men, there was Paul Newman and Robert Redford. 

There were songs like "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and other Burt Bacharach wonders.

There were women the likes of Katherine Ross, whose face once adorned the cover of Vogue magazine. In this film? She's a teacher, and it makes me curious if that wasn't a small piece of why I longed to become a teacher, too, when I first saw her in the 1970's.

It's a trip down memory lane. But, it's a worthy one. If you haven't yet seen this film, do so. Because as Pam Houston wrote for the title of her book, Cowboys Are My Weakness.

22 comments:

  1. Did you know Butch Cassidy was written by William Goldman, the same fellow who wrote The Princess Bride? Well . . . no wonder we love it. :)

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    1. Okay, herr's a sorry admission from me: I've never read The Princess Bride (just Margaret Atwood's The Ribber Bride). Looks looks like I'll need to read it then.

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    2. Not Ribber Bride, of course, ROBBER Bride. I really shouldn't access my blog through my iPhone 'cause I can't see a thing. As evidenced above...

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  2. Who doesn't like Robert Redford? :) I love The Great Gatsby and maybe that's because I saw the movie he stars in... And barefoot in the park, and The Way we were.... hmm, time to see these movies again :)

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    1. I remember him most from The Way We Were and Butch Cassidy. I don't clearly remember The Great Gatsby, and I never saw Barefoot in The Park all the way through; for some reason, that film really bored me. (Is Jane Fonda in it? I think that's why, if I remember correctly...) Anyway, to me he'll always be the actor of my youth, just as so women used to swoon over Clark Gable or Fred Astair. :)

      I enjoy Paul Newman, too, although I used to like Redford better (until I saw Cool Hand Luke). Sigh...

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  3. Your post brings back memories - I remember when that was the hot movie at the theater.

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    1. I don't remember it ever in the theaters; luckily, there are now DVD's. I must have seen it on television before all the 'technology' made it available.

      Remember when movies like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz were only shown certain times of the year? I remember looking forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving in part because we could see those movies when we were children.

      The last film I saw at our small town theater was Jaws in 1979. Then, they closed that theater and put up the kind with 8,000 individual theaters all attached. So to speak. It isn't the same, of course. There aren't even cartoons at the beginning of the film, only ads.

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  4. It has been such a long time since I saw this movie. It's worth a re-watch, if just to watch Paul Newman's eyes twinkle :)

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    1. The twinkling eyes, the bravado and the witty repartee is what makes it all so great in my opinion.

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  5. Oh, swoon! I did then and I do now. :-)

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    1. That's just it, Debbie! I never tire of it, and still swoon every time.

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  6. Yes I remember watching it in the theatre... the bicycle ride while the song is playing, still vivid. I was in Hong Kong then, one year before I moved to Canada. And the song was on the pop chart for months. This is cool, all of them, Redford, Newman, and Ross. Can't think of any actors today can be their equal.

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    1. I'm pretty sure Raindrops was so popular when I was in fifth grade; I remember doing some umbrella dance thing to it with some friends for the school talent show. Believe me, we resembled Katherinr Ross not at all. ;)

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    2. And no, I can't think of any actors today which would be their equal although I am awfully fond of Johnny Depp. At least he doesn't play the same role no matter what film he's making.

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  7. Great film, need say nothing more.

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    1. Right. But, I am glad you've seen it across the pond. :)

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  8. Great film. The other one I absolutely love is The Sting. Great stuff.

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    1. Of course, The Sting is wonderful. I'll never forget the first time I saw the ending and thought that Redfird had really died.

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  9. I see you are reading In the Shadow of the Banyan. I can't recommend that book enough! Hope you are enjoying it.

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    1. I'm so excited that Simon and Schuster gave me a copy of this novel as I've heard nothing but good about it. Normally I don't like novels that have too violent a nature, but I gather this one is exquitely written. The Kumar Rouge seems a difficult subject over which to write (or read). Glad that you were so impressed with it, Harvee.

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  10. Aww, Butch Cassidy is so good. I watched it on VHS a lot growing up. Katherine Ross, you are splendid.

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  11. Flashback to the summer of '73? '74? My best friend (who lived in Northern California) was visiting me in San Diego and we went to see this wonderful movie at the theater. Yes, this was back when people actually went to the movies instead of renting or streaming them on their tvs. ;) We came home, pulled out our sleeping bags, "camped out" in the living room, and listened to my mom's Burt Bacharach album of the soundtrack. Go here to listen to sample tracks. :)

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