Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Bicycle Ride Scene

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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Posted September 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Daniel Lozier wrote:

If you Google “Newman’s Own”, they’ve put up a wonderful tribute to their friend and founder.

September 27, 7:25 pm | [comment link]
2. DaveW wrote:

Goodbye, Paul.  I enjoyed many of your films.

September 27, 8:04 pm | [comment link]
3. robroy wrote:

Some fun facts from imdb:

  *  Paul Newman and Robert Redford really leaped off the cliff; however, they landed on a ledge with a mattress roughly six feet below.

  * They tried to get Bob Dylan to sing Burt Bacharach’s famous song for the movie. He declined. (Hey, BB, didja’ know that?)

  * Dustin Hoffman was considered for the role of Butch.

  * Katharine Ross enjoyed shooting the silent, bicycle riding sequence best, because it was handled by the film crew’s second unit rather than the director. She said, “Any day away from George Roy Hill was a good one.”

  * Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts, after his stunt man was unable to stay on the bike, except for the scene where Butch crashes backwards into the fence, which was performed by cinematographer Conrad L. Hall.

  * The actual name of Butch and Sundance’s gang was The Wild Bunch. However, when the Sam Peckinpah film, The Wild Bunch (1969), was released a few months earlier, the name of the gang was changed to the Hole in the Wall Gang to avoid confusion with Peckinpah’s film.

  * Body count: 30

  * According to screenwriter William Goldman, his screenplay originally was entitled “The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy.” Both Steve McQueen and Paul Newman read the script at approximately the same time, and agreed to do it, with McQueen playing the Sundance Kid. When McQueen dropped out, the names reversed in the title, as Newman was a superstar.

  * Joanna Pettet was first offered the role of “Etta Place” but was forced to turn down the role due to her pregnancy.

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September 27, 8:39 pm | [comment link]
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