Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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This is one of those films which are so well-known that you’re rather embarrassed to admit that you’ve never seen it! Well, I have seen it now. I would say that it was a bit daft, but a lot of it was based on fact – which says a lot about how crazy the Wild West really was! It’s really pretty strange that bank robbing and mass shootings are romanticised, but that’s the way it is! It’s not the best film ever, but it’s quite entertaining, and it’s interesting as an example of the romanticisation (is that a word?!) of the lawlessness in the Old West.

BTW, I just have to point out that the real Butch Cassidy (Robert Parker)’s paternal grandparents were from Preston, and lived for a while here in Manchester where his grandad worked in a mill. And his mother was from Tyneside. So there you go – the Wild West outlaw with good North of England roots!

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