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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

TheTV - friendly Legend of Butch and Sundance

Although marketed as a new movie, this was actually the pilot to a TV series that was never picked up on - and after watching the movie I can see why it never moved past the pilot stage. Butch and Sundance, played by David Rogers and Ryan Browning have been transformed into politically correct outlaws - they rob from the rich and give to the poor.

'It's for public relations,' Butch says as the outlaws hand out freshly robbed money to bank customers - the movie does aspire to mimic the buddy/buddy aspects of George Roy Hill's 1969 movie version of Butch and Sundance, but unfortunately the two actors are no Newman and Redford and the less said about Etta James in this version the better.

It's an engaging enough movie, I suppose and very family friendly. Remember the tele-westerns Kenny Rogers once made when he wasn't warbling his middle of the road country - That's what this movie feels like. True genre enthusiasts will find little to enjoy here while the casual viewer may enjoy the movie but will soon forget it afterwards.

1 comment:

Davieboy said...

Alias Smith & Jones were the Butch & Sundance of the small screen and a fine job they made of it.