ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid is a classic for endless reasons, but a new short documentary from director George Roy Hill reveals just how much blood, sweat and tears went into its production.

The director takes an honest look at the making of the epic Western, which was both costly and incredibly risky for 20th Century Fox. Riding on the talent of its stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman, it was a high-budget gamble that could have sunk the studio.

Newman admits in the documentary that at first he wasn't comfortable with his character, and struggled to get on with the scenes as they were written. (Not that it shows.)

Hill himself admits that he'd schedule a week for half a week's worth of work, because he'd often "f**k it up." He narrates the documentary while conducting interviews off-screen.

It's a refreshingly un-nostalgic view of the making of a classic, and a must for any fan of the film. You can watch the whole thing below.

(Source: IndieWire)


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