“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” the Paul Newman-Robert Redford smash that showed how the West was fun, rides again.
The 1969 movie that ranks seventh on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest Westerns will be shown at the Farmingdale Multiplex Cinema, Stony Brook 17 and Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holbrook Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (also 2 p.m. in Stony Brook) and Jan. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m., courtesy of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. (For ticket info, go to fathomevents.com)
Here are five facts about the movie you may not know.
- Steve McQueen signed on to play the Sundance Kid, but dropped out because he thought Newman would get top billing.
- Newman did most of his own stunts during the famous bicycle scene.
- For the cliff-jumping scene, Newman and Redford landed on a ledge with a mattress roughly six feet below their starting point.
- Cassidy’s sister Lula Parker Betenson often visited the set. Redford kept in touch with her until her death in 2003 at age 96.
- The movie’s domestic box-office gross was $102.3 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $607.5 million, which would make it the 36th highest-grossing movie of all time according to boxofficemojo.com