Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid changed the way we saw cowboys in Hollywood. Although I hadn’t seen the movie until now, I’m fine with reviewing it on my birthday. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid quickly became one of my favorite westerns. 1969 was a big year for all sorts of cowboy movies. Including True Grit, The Wild Bunch, and the eventual Best Picture winner Midnight Cowboy. Though Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid did win more awards. Aside from a nomination for Best Picture, Best Director George Roy Hill, and Best Sound, the movie won Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. I’ll bet you didn’t know “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” originated from a western.

Cinematography was deserved since the movie utilizes sepia tone in some scenes. Although based on the real life outlaws, the story is still mostly fictionalized. While not as intense as the other westerns, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid does subvert the genre for the New Hollywood movement. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are undeniable anti-heroes who rob trains and banks, but end up being very likable thanks to the pitch perfect pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Butch is the leader and Sundance is quick on the draw. Newman and Redford play off each other very well. There’s a definite sense of humor when the duo reunite with their posse the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang.

Their funniest scene involves the duo jumping off a cliff in order to evade capture. Butch and Sundance actually do the unthinkable by fleeing to Bolivia. They’re joined by Sundance’s mysterious lover Etta Place. This would be Katharine Ross’ second most famous role after The Graduate. Her most iconic scene involves her riding a bicycle with Butch as the award winning song plays. Etta helps out when the duo is forced to rob banks using Spanish. When they try to go straight, Strother Martin has a role as the man who hires them. You may also recognize a young Cloris Leachman as a harlot and Sam Elliot in one of his first westerns. When things go south, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid go out in a blaze of glory. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made cowboys cool again.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

8 thoughts on “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MMM!!!!!! This was one of my parents date movies as my Mom had a little crush on Robert Redford, and they’ve told me how entertaining it is. I’ve only ever seen snippets of it myself as I honestly don’t care much for either Newman or Redford. TCM will be showing it this month as part of their Revisionist Westerns spotlight, so I might very well check it out.

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  2. Happy Birthday.

    The last time I saw Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, I don’t think I had even hit my teen years yet.

    But I loved the movie and I loved the song Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head.

    I love the scene with Katharine Ross riding a bicycle while they played the song Raindrops Keep.Falling On My Head.

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