“You’ve never met a pair like Butch and The Kid.” So read the movie poster tagline for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which opened today in 1969. Now one of Hollywood's most iconic buddy movies, the film starred Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid, and Katharine Ross as Etta Place. It won over audiences and critics, as well as a slew of awards including an Oscar Best Picture. Forty-five years later, here are five behind-the-scenes facts for all of your fans out there:
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1. The film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was loosely based on a pair of real-life wild west hustlers who eluded the law and are believed to have escaped to South America. Butch Cassidy’s real name was Robert Leroy Parker and the Sundance Kid was Harry Longabaugh. Lula Parker Betenson was Butch’s youngest sister and she would often visit the movie set. Robert Redford kept in touch with her until her death.
“I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.” — Butch Cassidy
2. Jay Sebring was a celebrity hair stylist who counted Steve McQueen, James Garner and Warren Beatty among his many A-list clients. Although he’s uncredited in the film, he was Paul Newman’s hair stylist. About a month before the premiere of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sebring was murdered along with Sharon Tate by Charles Manson’s cult members.
“I can't swim.” — Sundance Kid (Robert Redford)
3. Outlaw Harvey Logan is portrayed by Ted Cassidy. You might know him better as “Lurch” in the campy comedy series The Addams Family.
"Don’t tell me how to rob a bank. I know how to rob a bank." — Sundance Kid
4. Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and others were members of a group of outlaws called "The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang." In 1988, Paul Newman used the name for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp he founded for seriously ill children and their families.
"Well, I'm a fairly well-known outlaw." — Butch Cassidy
5. In 2012, Robert Redford fessed up to not being a fan of the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from the famous bicycle scene in the film: "I thought it was stupid! Suddenly there was a scene where the guy was singing 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' and it wasn't even raining. Well, how wrong was I?" The song, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.