Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a movie that should never be remade, retouched or jacked with in any way. It's not only one of the most charming films ever made, it's a genre-bending, anachronistic film that eschewed typical Western violence for slapstick and humorous banter. And it also has Katharine Ross, who still has to be the most serene and beautiful woman ever to grace the screen. Butch Cassidy confused film critics at the time: Roger Ebert felt it was messy and twee, but it charmed the snot out of audiences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, scoring four Oscars. The scene with Katharine Ross on the handles of Paul Newman's bike is a classic, and it doesn't matter how many Skinny Puppy T-shirts you have in your closet, if that scene doesn't warm your heart, you have no soul. It's clearly no accident that director George Roy Hill's masterpiece will kick off the Summer Movie Series in Sundance Square in Fort Worth. The area is named for the famed Sundance Kid, who hid out in the area on one of his escapades, and the square is as anachronistic as the film itself—a model for urban redevelopment while still maintaining its historic charm. Bring the kids and a blanket or folding chair, and enjoy this free movie at 6:30 p.m. in the Chisholm Trail parking lot at 4th and Main Streets in downtown Fort Worth. Call 817-255-5700 or visit sundancesquare.com.
Thu., June 28, 6:30 p.m.
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