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Top 25 Outdoor Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
by Nicholas Bazanov
Robert Redford and Paul Newmanstar in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the next stop on our list of Top 25 Outdoor Movies of All Time. Here is the original trailer for the theatrical release (boy have movie trailers changed!):
The film is set in late 1800's Wyoming, where Butch Cassidy (Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Redford) lead the Hole in the Wall Gang, a group of bank robbers. The plot follows the gang as they rob several banks and trains, until the head of the railroad company, E. H. Harriman, assembles a posse to hunt down and kill the gang. The duo split up the gang, with hopes that they'll lose the posse, but to no avail they continue to be chased. In a story packed with adventure and suspense, accompanied by brilliant filmmaking and acting, we follow Cassidy and Sundance through their travels as they try to evade their enemies.
The film is loosely based off real characters and events, a point which makes the movie even more enjoyable. This film is not for young children, although teenagers and young adults will really enjoy the film, and with a PG rating, is appropriate to be screened as a community outdoor movie. It would make a great pick for an outdoor movie date night, or for high school or college audiences! There are several ways to engage your audience when screening Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as an outdoor movie. You could have a western themed night, with your audience members dressing in their cowboy and cowgirl attire, and even have a set where they could take their pictures in groups. Depending on where your town is located, you could even screen the film in a pastoral setting, creating an ambiance that goes hand in hand with the film. The opportunities are endless, and the movie will definitely draw a big crowd!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid can be licensed through Criterion Pictures (Click Here to see the film's page)
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