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In the late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford), the leaders of the Hole in the Wall Gang, are planning another bank robbery. As they return to their hideout in Hole-in-the-Wall, they find out that the gang has selected a new leader, Harvey Logan (Ted Cassidy). He challenges Butch to a knife fight, which Butch wins, using a ruse. Although Logan is defeated, Butch quickly embraces Logan’s idea to rob the Union Pacific Flyer twice, agreeing with Logan that the second robbery would be unexpected and likely to involve even more money than the first.
The first robbery goes very well, and the marshal of the next town (Kenneth Mars) cannot manage to raise a posse. Butch and Sundance listen to his attempts from mere yards away, enjoying themselves on the balcony of a nearby brothel. Sundance’s lover, Etta Place (Katharine Ross), is introduced; both men vie for her attention as she also goes bike-riding with Butch during a dialogue-free musical interlude, accompanied by the Oscar-winning song “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”.
The second robbery goes wrong. Not only does Butch use too much dynamite to blow the safe, but a second train arrives, which is carrying a six-man team that has been specially outfitted by E. H. Harriman to hunt Butch and Sundance. The gang flees in multiple directions, with the posse only following Butch and Sundance. That night, they try hiding in a brothel in a nearby town, but are betrayed. They try riding double on a single horse in the hope that the posse will split up, but that fails. In another town, Butch and Sundance then try to arrange an amnesty with the help of the friendly Sheriff Bledsoe (Jeff Corey). But he tells them they have no chance of getting one, and that they will be hunted down until they are killed by the posse.
Still on the run the next day, they muse about the identities of their pursuers. They fixate on Lord Baltimore, a famous Indian tracker, and Joe Lefors, a tough, renowned lawman, recognized at a distance by his white skimmer, or straw hat. After reaching the summit of a mountain, they find themselves trapped on the edge of a canyon. They decide to jump into the river far below, even though Sundance cannot swim and would prefer to fight. Later they arrive at Etta’s house and learn that the posse has been paid to stay together until they kill the two of them. They decide it is time to leave the country and head to Bolivia, a destination Cassidy had spoken about earlier.
They head to New York, then board a passenger ship, eventually arriving by train in a small Bolivian village. Sundance already resents the choice. Their first attempted bank robbery stops before it gets off the ground, as they are unable to speak Spanish. Etta teaches them the words they need. Their next robbery is clumsily executed, as Butch still needs his cribsheet. After more robberies, the duo, now known as the Bandidos Yanquis, are sought by the authorities all over Bolivia. In spite of their success, their confidence drops one evening when, while having dinner at a restaurant, they see a man wearing a white straw hat on the other side of the street, and fear that Lefors is once again after them. Butch suggests going straight, so as to not attract Lefors’s attention.
They get their first honest job as payroll guards in a mine, directed by an American named Percy Garris (Strother Martin). However, on their first working day, they are attacked. Garris is killed, and Butch and Sundance are forced to kill the Bolivian robbers, the first time Butch kills anyone. They decide to return to robbery. That evening, Etta decides to leave them, sensing that their days may be numbered.
A few days later, Butch and Sundance attack a payroll mule train in the jungle, taking the money and the mule. When they arrive in the nearest town San Vicente, a stable boy recognizes the brand on the mule’s backside and alerts the local police. While Butch and Sundance are eating at a local eatery, the police arrive and a climactic gun battle begins scaring away the nearby people.
The two of them find shelter in a nearby empty house, but they’re soon low on ammunition. Butch makes a run to the mule to fetch the rest of the ammunition while Sundance provides cover fire, but during his return they are both wounded. While they tend to their wounds in the house, about 100 soldiers of the Bolivian cavalry arrive and surround the place.
The pair, unaware of the cavalry’s arrival, discuss their next destination, with Butch pushing the English-speaking and wide-open continent of Australia. Butch tells Sundance that when they get outside and get to their horses to remember one thing. Before he can say it, Butch asks Sundance if he saw Lefors “out there”. Sundance says that he did not and Butch replies “For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.”
The pair exit the house firing their guns while a voice is heard ordering: “¡Fuego!” (Spanish for “Fire!”) accompanied by the sound of dozens of rifles being fired in three consecutive volleys.
* Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy
* Robert Redford The Sundance Kid
* Katharine Ross as Etta Place
* Strother Martin as Percy Garris
* Henry Jones as Bike Salesman
* Jeff Corey as Sheriff Bledsoe
* George Furth as Woodcock
* Cloris Leachman as Agnes
* Ted Cassidy as Harvey Logan
* Kenneth Mars as Marshal
* Donnelly Rhodes as Macon
* Jody Gilbert as Large Woman Train Passenger
* Timothy Scott as News Carver
* Don Keefer as Fireman
* Charles Dierkop as Flat Nose Curry
* Pancho Córdova as Bank Manager
* Nelson Olmsted as Photographer
* Paul Bryar as Card Player #1
* Sam Elliott as Card Player #2
* Charles Akins as Bank Teller
* Eric Sinclair as Tiffany’s Salesman
* Douglas Bank as Citizen
* Larry Barton as Citizen
* Rico Cattani as Bank Guard
* José Chávez as Bolivian Police Commander
* Dave Dunlop as Gunman
* Jill Hall as Minor Role
* Percy Helton as Sweetface
* Buck Holland as Posse Member
* Jack Isbell as Posseman
* Enrique Lucero as Guard in the 1st Bolivian Bank
* Thurl Ravenscroft as (singing voice)
* Jorge Russek as Bolivian Army Officer
* José Torvay as Bolivian Bandit