Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

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.

Correction: The incorrect information comes from page 148 of the popular business book, "First Break All the Rules" by Marcus Buckingham and Kurt Coffman.

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".

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.

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

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Factual error: Near the end of the film Butch is complaining about the living conditions they have to endure - jungles, swamps, snakes, night work - and Sundance sarcastically retorts "Bitch, bitch, bitch!" In 1908 the term meant just what it literally means: "Female dog." It did not adopt its current meaning of "complain" until much later. At the time the film is set - outside the context of "female dog" - it was considered to be a serious obscenity, and it would not have been used to describe something as ordinary as someone moaning about his living conditions.

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[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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Question: In the final scenes where they are trapped by the Bolivian police in that little room, they're guessing how many men are out there when Butch says, "maybe its only one guy?" Suddenly 3 shots, too quick to be one gunman rings out. Sundance looks at Butch and says. "don't you ever get sick of being right?" Isn't Butch wrong? There's an army out there.

Answer: Sundance is being sarcastic. Butch is a know-it-all, and he's been frequently proven wrong throughout the film, usually to their detriment, but continues to think he's the "smart one" of the duo. Sundance is just ribbing him.

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