Sunday, April 19, 2015

American Experience: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (2014)

Director: John Maggio

Writer: John Maggio

Composer: Gary Lionelli

Starring: Thom Hatch, Michael Murphy, Michael Rutter, Ken Verdoia, Lee Jensen, Robert Jensen, Joshua Marrufo

More info: IMDb

Plot: The historical account of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whose turn of the last century exploits made headlines, led them to be pursued by Pinkerton detectives hired by the railroads, and inspired a hit 1969 film.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? Yes!!!

Here's a quality TV documentary that doesn't waste time with fluff and recapping. That it's THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and it's on PBS helps a big heap.  I dislike The History Channel and others like it and their documentaries that feel the need to kill time with a lot of garbage. Anyway, this one is outstanding and it jumps right into telling the story of Butch Cassidy and not only what he did but giving us the circumstances for what propelled him to do them.  At 48 minutes they pack an awful lot of information and it's of high quality.  The wonderful score fits the doc to a "T".  It's a well-produced film all around and my sole complaint is that it's not long enough.  I just wanted that train to keep on going.

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