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Day of the Outlaw (1959)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is often compared to Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. In both films the main characters are outlaws who are expelled from their home country by advancing civilization and are killed in a bloody shoot-out with federal troops of a Latin-American country; both movies are recognized as authentic American classics and tell a story of people who have outlived their time and are desperately groping for a mainstay in times of change. While Peckinpah's movie is often called a 'dirty western', George Roy Hill's masterpiece has a more gentle reputation.

Cassidy and Sundance are members of the Hole in the Wall gang. Butch (Paul Newman) is the gang's leader and mastermind, always full of ideas; the Kid (Robert Redford) is his lieutenant, faster with his gun than with his mind. The opening credits are shown alongside a fake sepia-colored newsreel about their exploits, suggesting that these guys belong to another era, are part of a world that has…