Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid – Carrott Confidential – tape 442

The sound on this tape is a bit off – as if it wasn’t recorded on a Hi Fi VCR.

The tape opens with the end of Bob Says Opportunity Knocks. There’s always a whiff of desperation during the clapometer.

There’s a couple of now familiar names – Boothby Graffoe and Darren Day.

Darren Day was the winner with the audience at the time.

There’s a warning at the end not to emulate Boothby Graffoe’s performance.

There’s a trailer for programmes on Sunday.

Then, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. A film with a cast iron reputation.

It starts with the credits playing next to very old film of the old west, then this caption, which sets up its myth-making aspirations.

It starts off in black and white, as Butch is casing banks. “What happened to the old bank? It was beautiful?” he asks the security guard. “People kept robbing it.” “Small price to pay for beauty.”

Robert Redford plays the Sundance Kid. He’s playing cards, and someone accuses him of cheating, squares off for a showdown. Butch tries to defuse things, trying to get the guy to back down, and when he won’t, he says “I can’t help you, Sundance” and the guy realises who he’s challenging to a fast draw. It’s a very deft way to illustrate his reputation without having to have a gunfight.

There’s a creepy scene where Sundance meets Katherine Ross, and makes her undress while he’s holding a gun on her, only defused when it’s revealed she’s his longtime girlfriend, Etta Place.

Returning to his old haunt, he finds his Hole in the Wall gang making their own plans, so he has to beat the ringleader in a knife fight.

One of the most famous scenes is when Newman and Katherine Ross are riding around on a bicycle (“The future. The horse is over.”) to the strains of ‘Raindrops Keep falling on my head’.

They hit a train twice, figuring that after the first hold-up, the train will be full again because they won’t expect it to be hit again. There’s a bit of a ‘you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off’ moment when they try to blast the safe.

But following the money train is another one, fillied with a posse out to capture Butch and Sundance.

The posse are quite dogged, and keep tracking them, leading them to wonder who they are. Sundance recognises one of them as ‘An Indian, but he goes by an English name’ and it sounds like he’s saying ‘Lord Voldemort’ so it took a while before I realised he was saying ‘Lord Baltimore’.

This pursuit leads to the famous ‘jump into a river’ scene.

So Butch, Sundance and Etta leave town, and travel to Bolivia, where they have a small amount of success robbing banks. Even Etta gets to help.

But in a small country, their infamy spreads quickly, and as Americans, they tend to stick out, so Butch and Sundance are caught in a small town by the local police, and there’s a standoff, until the army arrives.

It’s not looking good for your two heroes.

Leading to one of the most famous freeze frames in film history.

I’d say this is a film that deserves its reputation. It’s fun, and the leads have charisma to spare, so despite their criminal ways, you do want them to succeed, something which often prevents me from enjoying other films about unsavoury characters.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th March 1988 – 20:15

There’s a trailer for Lovebirds.

Then, a BBC News Bulletin, leading with clashes at a funeral for an IRA bomber. Also a huge march to demand more money for the NHS.

Thatcher was still trying to push the Poll Tax.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th March 1988 – 22:05

There’s a trailer for This Week Next Week

Weather from Ian McCaskill

There’s a Radio Times advert.

Then, an episode of Carrott Confidential. You’ve got to admire a live comedy show going out at 10:20pm.

It’s Superman’s 50th anniversary.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I guess Michael Jackson doing a Pepsi advert was also in the news.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards appears in an advert parody.

Punt and Dennis do a bit.

There’s a Bill and Ben parody featuring Zebedee.

BBC Genome: BBC One – 5th March 1988 – 22:20

After this, there’s a public information film about Aids that could just as easily be repurposed as a ‘don’t go out with a dickhead’ ad.

After this, the tape runs out during a feature-length TV Movie of Cannon.

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5 comments

  1. You seem to have been invaded by Theresa May.

    Butch and Sundance: best last line ever? Certainly top ten. I’m surprised how many people can’t watch this film because of *that* song, it turns them off. Mind you, I’m not old enough to remember it being on the radio every five minutes. Personally, I love Burt Bacharach’s soundtrack.

    1. For some reason, my abiding memory of watching the movie was that the song went on forever. I wonder if that was the only bit I watched. It didn’t bother me on this watch.

  2. Who’d have guessed one of them would be in one the best MCU movies, and the other would be in Pixar’s worst…

    1. That was actually the pilot for “Cannon,” hopefully not the version that Granada Plus showed with crucial scenes missing.

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