The waning days of the Wild West

Nov 11, 2017
Robert Redford, left, and Paul Newman make for an iconic pair in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Belfast — In Days Gone By is the theme for November’s Friday Night Flix at Belfast Free Library. All the movies are free and shown at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The series concludes Nov. 17 with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969, USA) (there is no screening Nov. 24). Americans have always been fascinated by the Old West — especially its legendary characters such as Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. And then there was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: real-life outlaws robbing banks and trains in the twilight of the Old West.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman play the lovable anti-heroes who are dogged, day and night, by a six-man posse. They are left with no choice but to leave the country and head to Bolivia, thinking the banks down there will be easy pickings. Of course, neither of them speaks a word of Spanish. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Famed screenwriter William Goldman won for Best Original Screenplay, and film also picked up Oscars for cinematography, original song and score.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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