Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

1h 50m / PG / Western, Drama

Starring Paul Newman as the titular Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as his sidekick, the Sundance Kid, this nominee for the Best Picture Oscar dramatizes the exploits of an infamous band of real-life outlaws in 1890s Wyoming. When a train robbery goes wrong, Cassidy and Kid find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels and little choice but to flee to South America.

Set against the backdrop of the closing frontier and the end of the “Wild West” era, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captures the essence of a changing society marked by technological advancements and the encroachment of civilization. Blending elements of action, comedy, and romance, the film’s themes of friendship, loyalty, and the struggle to adapt to a rapidly evolving world resonate with audiences even today. Iconic performances, witty dialogue, and Burt Bacharach’s unforgettable soundtrack (including the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”) have cemented its status as one of the greatest Westerns ever made.

Guests are invited to stick around after the screening for a post-show Film Talk and audience Q&A with retired Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall.

The Summer Classics Movie Series has been presented by Bank of America since 2015. Promotional support for the series is provided by WEDU PBS.