Video Release: May 10, 2011
Studio: 20th Century Fox
A kinder, gentler take on the outlaw mythos common in the western genre. Based loosely on real-life western outlaws Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Longbaugh, better known as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Following a string of bank and train robberies in the early 1900's, the pair find themselves hotly pursued by the authorities. They escape to Bolivia with The Kid's lover, schoolteacher Etta Place, in the hopes of turning their luck around. Based on the William Goldman novel. Includes among others, the hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
FoxVideo's laserdisc #8595-85 is a 25th Anniversary Special Edition. It includes trailers, production materials, and interviews with cinematographer Conrad Hall, director George Roy Hill, and screenwriter William Goldman; among other supplementary materials. Color by DeLuxe; shot in Panavision. A Newman-Foreman Presentation. Film was originally rated MPAA M (for Mature Audiences). It was re-rated PG for a 1974 re-issue. Followed in 1979 by "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," directed by Richard Lester and written by Allan Burns. Tom Berenger and William Katt substitute for Newman and Redford in this prequel, which purports to detail the early exploits of the outlaw duo. Jeff Corey, John Schuck, Michael C. Gwynne, Brian Dennehy, Jill Eikenberry, Arthur Hill, and Peter Weller also appear. John Neuhart did the graphic montage.