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Dear every screenwriter/filmmaker, read William Goldman’s screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [pdf]. We also recommend you to listen audio. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID () Screenplay by William Goldman Directed by George Roy Hill. Often listed as a “must read” for. Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man William Goldman, who won Academy Awards for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Butch Cassidy and the Casssidy Kid: Screenplay by William Goldman. Screenplay for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Corgi Childrens first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidplease sign up.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Movie Script

Be the first to ask a question about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Lists with This Book. Dec 16, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 suncance distinct and complementary personalities: Butch, the clever, wisecracking, personable leader; and Sundance, the laconic, ironic, first-rate gunfighter. The story begins bjtch somebody once wrote, at the arc cassidt the curve just before the peak, just before the conflict begins and the story really takes off. Nothing is shown of the gutch 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: 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 gutch 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.

Kic 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. How many screenplays are so good that they are then produced into movies? How many movies are so good that the screenplay gets published as a book?


Nov 09, P. Iid 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. Mar 11, Realini rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 abo Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid by William Goldman Scrsenplay version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at: 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 sundanfe 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 bbutch films, such as A Bridge Too Far, where real life occurrences shocked critics, who disbelieved and mocked them in the film, even if btuch 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. Sometimes it is, actually it appears to be involuntary, being brilliantly included by the author, such as the moments when vital truths are revealed: 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: Comes the obfuscated, natural reaction scrednplay 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 oid his friend: 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 Screenplay 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: Ikd As soon as the valiant shooter hears the name of the best, fastest gun fighter alive, he loses his casisdy 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.

Oid 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 Screenplau 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 snudance a Superman.

Whereas Robert Redford, at least in the period after this film and sometime screenolay that is coming across as obnoxious, pretentious and even infantile. He wanted to start a project for a film based on a book by William Goldman and had him work for a good many months only to cancel after the success of Butch and Sundance made him see things differently: Feb 06, Cayr rated it it was amazing Shelves: The paperback copy I read was the screenplay for the movie.

It was absolutely hilarious. 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. 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! 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: Personal favourite of mine Extraordinarily readable for those unacquainted to the screenplay format.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Screenplay

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