My Top Ten non-horror films #7

7 – BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

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Having watched this and Marathon Man and discovering they were written by the same guy, William Goldman, and not only that but he wrote novels as well, I tracked down many of his books and pigged out on them one summer (I even read Tinsel, for Chrissakes). This film remains his masterpiece, however. A confection, yes, but what an achievement. A perfect film, from the brilliant opening, that segue from sepia to colour, the incredible chemistry between Newman and Redford and the devastating denouement (every time I watch it I think, this time, they’ll get away this time). All students of screenwriting should scrutinise this film.

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