Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

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Corrected entry: The real name of Butch Cassidy's gang was The Wild Bunch. The name in the film was changed to The Hole in the Wall Gang, to avoid any confusion with the film "The Wild Bunch" which was released only months earlier.

Correction: Not true. "Hole in the Wall" was name of the town where Butch and Sundance made their base of operations. Contemporaneous news sources referred to them as both "the Wild Bunch" and also the "Hole in the Wall gang", in fact, there are some that even bill them as "the Wild Bunch Hole in the Wall Gang".

Corrected entry: Robert Redford was originally cast as Butch and Paul Newman as Sundance. Shortly before principal photography began, a crew member suggested they switch roles.

Correction: This is directly refuted by screenwriter William Goldman's book "Adventures in Screen Trade" which states that Newman was always Butch, the question was whether Sundance would be played by Redford or Steve McQueen.

Corrected entry: At one point, Butch Cassidy loads two six shooters, and fires more than twelve shots.

Correction: Butch Cassidy only fires repeatedly in one scene, the first time he kills anyone, and in that scene he does not fire more than 12 shots.

Corrected entry: Butch Cassidy's real name was Robert Leroy Parker and The Sundance Kid's real name was Harry Longabaugh (both are mentioned in the film).

Correction: Then they don't need to be mentioned here, do they.

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Quotes

[After blowing up an entire train car while only intending to blow open the door.]
Sundance: Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?

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Mistakes

In the opening sequence when Sundance shoots the gun belt off the card player, the film was cut to make the quick draw appear faster. You can see Butch's image jump across the screen in the background.

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Trivia

Katherine Ross, (Etta Place) was caught operating a camera, filming some footage of the arrival of the train carrying the "super posse". In the late 60s the US film business was strict, closed shop union (to a great extent it still is) and Ross operating a camera was against every rule there is. Several senior crew members demanded her dismissal from the film but producer John Foreman and Unit Production Manager Lloyd Anderson, aware of the fact that a lot of scenes with her in it would have to be reshot at absurd expense, argued for a compromise to which the union agreed - none of the footage she shot would be used (it wasn't) and she would be asked not to be on set while scenes in which she was not involved were shot. Her gender was totally irrelevant to the issue. This is confirmed in William Goldman's excellent memoir, "Which Lie Did I Tell?"

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