The ending sequence includes a most interesting sentence…. Arguably the dean of contemporary American screenwriters William Goldman sold the first spec script in the modern era: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Here is the entire ending sequence as it appears in the movie:. The second thing is this:
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Be the first to ask a question about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. How many screenplays are so good that they are then produced into movies?
Not many. How many movies are so good that the screenplay gets published as a book? So awesome. Dec 16, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: film-video. I have seen the movie, but never read it through before now, and I can see why it was such a hot property. First of all, the story is very suspenseful, and the characters are likeable and fun to spend some time with.
Going a little further, this is based on actual events and real people, and a major theme of Westerns and American history is evoked here - that of the closing of the wild west and the end of the frontier era.
Butch and Sundance are victims as much of the steadily encroaching tide of civilization as much as they are of their poor relationship with law enforcement authorities. Goldman gives us a picture of two distinct and complementary personalities: Butch, the clever, wisecracking, personable leader; and Sundance, the laconic, ironic, first-rate gunfighter.
The story begins as somebody once wrote, at the arc of the curve just before the peak, just before the conflict begins and the story really takes off.
Nothing is shown of the early days of the hole-in-the-wall gang, nor Butch and Sundance's meeting or rise to notoriety. Instead the story opens at what could be considered a depressing point: the beginning of the end for our anti-heroes. It is to Goldman's great credit that this becomes the start of an exciting adventure rather than a steady downward plunge. The narrative marches steadily to the inevitable, dark conclusion, but it is still a thrilling ride.
The gallows humor of these two affable scoundrels in the face of almost certain destruction comes across less as anarchistic than as a kind of masculine strength, an unwillingness to stop laughing and enjoying life even as its end looms. Goldman chose an interesting form for this screenplay.
He imagined things in very visual terms and included a lot of carefully and expressly written prose descriptions of shots, effects, angles, and edits. It is interesting to read his vision of things - maybe someday I will sit down and compare them with George Roy Hill's actual directing choices. Feb 16, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: journalism-and-creative-writing , perfect. Best characterisation through dialogue I've ever read, I adore this story and Butch and Sundance.
Mar 11, Realini rated it it was amazing Shelves: delightful , humor , masterpiece. He writes about this experience and other fascinating details, aspects about writing, acting in and making movies in his masterpiece Adventures in the Film Trade, one of the best books about this trade or art, depending on how you want to see it. William Goldman has researched and worked for a long time to accomplish the script, which is based on real events.
Incredible as some scenes may appear, they happened and the author explains in his Adventures that he encountered situations wherein truth beats reality, albeit at other films, such as A Bridge Too Far, where real life occurrences shocked critics, who disbelieved and mocked them in the film, even if they truly had taken place. Humor is present throughout this film, right to the very end, where the two partners use irony and a jocular tone. It is actually Butch Cassidy, played magnificently by the wonderful Paul Newman, who is doing the thinking and planning.
In spite of being a gang leader, the character appears to be very likeable and friendly, using little violence: - I have not killed anybody- he confesses in another tense situation and I felt like laughing, because there is danger ahead - And you decided to tell me now! Comes the obfuscated, natural reaction of the Sundance Kid In a fight right near the start of the film, Butch is challenged for the leadership of the group by a massive bandit and they have to face each other with knives, but the clever Cassidy knows how to deal with it.
Nevertheless, before getting engaged, he tells his friend: - Bet on him! But who will take it- in other words, all present would bet on the same giant - Ok, but if I win lose, kill him In another, very early scene, the Sundance Kid is playing cards and winning so much that his opponent is accusing him of cheating. The man invites him to forgive about the money and stands up, in a classic Western posture of an invitation for a shootout.
Finally, he says the magic word: Sundance… As soon as the valiant shooter hears the name of the best, fastest gun fighter alive, he loses his determination to challenge him. Sundance responds to the invitation to show just how fast he is and shoots his belt and pistols off his belly. There is an admirable camaraderie, friendship and esteem that hold this partnership together, under the most desperate circumstances. There is a strange love triangle that instead of creating an abyss, a conflict between the two men, appears to have made to bond stronger.
Paul Newman had some arguments with the director of the film, which were repeated so much that this became a sort of a joke. George Roy hill was a skilled pilot, who took part in the Korean War and went on to make other films with William Goldman, one of which is The Great Waldo Pepper, a film that the audiences rejected, and this happens when the character played by Susan Sarandon falls off the plane, which the public does not want, as Goldman explains in his Adventures in the Screen Trade.
In this book, Paul Newman is described as not just a fabulous actor, but also a man of integrity and a Superman. Whereas Robert Redford, at least in the period after this film and sometime after that is coming across as obnoxious, pretentious and even infantile.
Nov 09, P. Winn rated it really liked it. This is actually the screenplay for the movie but still reads like a novel and is a great story of characters in the old west. Jan 26, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography , made-into-a-movie. This is a very good story that kept my interest from start to finish. Still the best screenplay ever for one of the best movies ever.
Like most screenplays, a pretty quick read and so something I will go back to every couple of years, after having first read it sometime around It sure is hard to beat perfection! Jul 19, Erik rated it it was amazing. Wonderfully written and an Oscar winner. Comedy and action in the final years of the Wild West.
Feb 06, Cayr rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-all-time-faves. The paperback copy I read was the screenplay for the movie. It was absolutely hilarious. Even funnier. Jun 25, Cwelshhans rated it really liked it. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of my all-time favorite movies. The screenplay is great -- hilarious, quirky, and well-developed characters despite being relatively short and not indulging in any background.
I'm not sure if it would have been as good without having seen the movie because I was able to picture the characters so well while reading.
Jan 20, John Hardin rated it it was amazing. A little different from the movie, but I'm not complaining. A good read and hard to put down. Feb 28, Droptoons rated it it was amazing Shelves: collection. Personal favourite of mine Extraordinarily readable for those unacquainted to the screenplay format. Feb 23, Sandi Mann added it. Enjoyable old Western story of bank robbers. It was a bit challenging to read in the screenplay mode instead of paragraphs. Ramos rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Hanna Abbott rated it it was amazing Apr 18,
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He was His daughter Jenny Goldman cited complications from colon cancer and pneumonia as the cause of his death. The two are considered to be among the finest screenplays ever written and exemplify Goldman's range and versatility. In a interview with Signature, Goldman was asked about his ability to bounce from genre to genre.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Screenplay
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