Box art for Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

action & adventure, comedy, drama

Paul Newman and Robert Redford set the standard for the "buddy film" with this smash hit set in the Old West. The Sundance Kid (Redford) is the frontier's fastest gun.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Funny and poignant tale of two famous outlaws.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic film's message is somewhat responsible (crime does indeed pay, but not without consequences), but parents should know this movie contains prostitutes, drinking and carousing and lots and lots of shooting.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the charisma of the outlaws: It's impossible to watch this movie and not laugh with them, sympathize with them, even want to see them shoot their way out of trouble? What sort of example, parents might wonder, does that set for their children? Is it ever okay to break the law if you can get away with it? What do you think of the crimes Butch and Sundance committed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: iconic, American experience, a classic adventure tale, and a singular slice of late-'60s moviemaking that has never really been repeated

- Christopher Null,, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: Fine escapist entertainment.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fresh: A cool, charming, anachronistic Western, with great chemistry between Newman and Redford, that reimagines the genre for youths of the era by turning the outlaws into mythic figures; the closing freeze-frame is still impressive, imitated by many films

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Fantastic dialogue, but, wow, this movie is a direct rip-off of Arthur Penn's BONNIE AND CLYDE.

- fb100001581602053, Monday, July 1, 2013

4 stars

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is an iconic film all around, but it's not always a perfect picture. It's minor flaws are overshadowed by it's two stars, a great script, and brilliant cinematography. It has sweep and scope, and plenty of memorable scenes and lines. The modern era may find it a little tedious at times with its pacing issues, but witnessing its legacy is reason alone to watch the classic film.

- fb100001048934982, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

3 stars

Legendary outlaws Butch and Sundance rob one too many trains and an elite force of lawmen force them to relocate to Bolivia. Yet another of Hollywood's romantic reinterpretations of history featuring outlaws who are lovable rogues who don't want to hurt anyone, George Roy Hill's classic western actually features little in the way of gunplay (although the final shoot out is well worth waiting for). The core of the film is Butch and Sundance's enduring friendship and as such it concentrates far more on warmth and humour than bullets and blood; in fact you have to wait til near the end before a single shot is fired. Often when two major stars are paired up, ego prevails and one-upmanship can ruin any potential on-screen chemistry, but once in a while two stars can strike up chemistry that is pure cinematic gold. This is the case with Newman and Redford (a partnership obviously and consciously aped by Clooney and Pitt in the Ocean's films), and its a shame they didn't make more films together. The dialogue is always witty and fun, and the characters are all very endearing; even the romance with Katharine Ross is refreshingly schmaltz-free and understated, and is all the more charming for it. The only dark cloud on the horizon are the cornball musical interludes which some may find some kitsch enjoyment in, but I personally found them dated and unnecessary. This flaw is minor compared to the hugely entertaining whole and it features one of the best endings ever filmed.

- garyX, Wednesday, March 2, 2011