Butch Cassidy & Sundance
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#1 Mar 26, 2012
With a box office of over US$100 million (equivalent to over $500 million in 2009 dollars), it was the top grossing film of the year. Adjusted for inflation, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ranks among the 100 top-grossing movies of all time and the top 10 for its decade, partly due to subsequent re-releases. The film grossed about $102.3 million domestically through 1974, and although no data on its worldwide gross is readily available, it is listed above Goldfinger (1964) – $124.9 million and below Thunderball (1965) – $141.2 million
#2 Mar 26, 2012
In the late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy, the affable, clever, talkative leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang, and his closest companion, the laconic dead-shot Sundance Kid, return to the gang's hideout in Hole-in-the-Wall to discover that the rest of the gang, irked at Butch's long absences, has selected a new leader, Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy), who challenges Butch to a knife fight over the gang's leadership. Using trickery, Butch defeats the much larger Logan, but embraces Logan's idea to rob the Union Pacific Flyer coming and going, agreeing that the second robbery would be unexpected and likely to involve even more money than the first. The first robbery goes well. To celebrate, Butch and the Kid visit a favorite brothel in a nearby town and watch amused as the town sheriff (Kenneth Mars) attempts to organize a posse to track down the gang. Sundance then leaves to visit his lover, the schoolteacher Etta Place (Katharine Ross). The next morning, Butch arrives on a bicycle, and takes Etta for a ride.
Later, the second train robbery goes wrong when Butch uses too much dynamite to blow the safe, scattering the money everywhere. As the gang members scramble to gather up the money, a second train arrives carrying a six-man team that has been specially outfitted by Union Pacific head E. H. Harriman to hunt Butch and Sundance. The robbers flee in multiple directions, but the posse only follows Butch and Sundance, who elude their pursuers and return to the brothel to hide out. When the posse appears in town, Butch and Sundance are betrayed but escape on horseback. They then try to arrange an amnesty with the help of the friendly Sheriff Bledsoe (Jeff Corey), but he tells them candidly that it is too late—their criminal lifestyle can only lead them to being hunted down and killed.
Still on the run the next day, they realize the determined posse includes a renowned Indian tracker known as "Lord Baltimore", and a tough, relentless lawman named Joe LeFors whom they recognize at a distance by his white skimmer. After reaching the summit of a mountain, they find themselves trapped on the edge of a cliff. Though Sundance cannot swim and would prefer to fight, they decide to jump into the river far below and escape. Arriving at Etta's house, they learn that the posse has been paid to stay together until they kill both of them. Butch persuades Sundance and Etta that the three should escape to Bolivia, which Butch envisions as a robber's paradise.
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