Butch Cassidy (film di George Roy Hill del 1969)

Il cinema ha portato sullo schermo tante simpatiche canaglie spesso in bilico tra la buona e la cattiva strada: tra essi gli iconici Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid dell’omonimo film diretto da George Roy Hill nel 1969.

I protagonisti, incarnati dai formidabili Paul Newman e Robert Redford, sono due fuorilegge appartenenti alla celebre banda di Muro Sfondato, con peculiarità nell’assaltare i treni. Kid è un tiratore scelto, Butch un organizzatore abile anche se sgangherato. I due, braccati, si rifugiano in Bolivia ma la loro fama li precede e, riconosciuti dalla polizia locale, sono costretti a rintanarsi in un casolare accerchiati dai gendarmi che in uno scontro a fuoco li uccidono. Fonte di varie citazioni, in BEVERLY HILLS COP viene tirata in ballo proprio la scena finale, mentre ne LE BELVE di Oliver Stone Blake Lively mette in evidenza il trittico amoroso Butch/Etta/Sundance ripreso a suo modo da lei e i personaggi di Taylor Kitsh e Aaron Taylor -Johnson.

Magistralmente supportato dalla sceneggiatura di William Goldman premiata con l’Oscar, Hill mette in scena un capolavoro che unisce commedia di conquista, con un’ironia che si permette di prendere in giro la trama fondamentalmente seria del film grazie ai sopra citati Paul & Robert, ai quali la bella ed efficace Katharine Ross funge da anello di congiunzione tra azione, dialoghi memorabili e battute folgoranti tipo “ma non ti stanchi mai di avere ragione?”. Oltre al copione le statuette andarono alla fotografia, la colonna sonora e la celeberrima canzone Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head cantata nella brillante scena con Paul Newman equlibrista in bicicletta.

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