American experience butch cassidy and the sundance kid

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american experience butch cassidy and the sundance kid

The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid by Thom Hatch

The Old West was coming to an end.Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid—as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day, with a professionalism never before seen by authorities. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves, eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters, all while stealing from the rich bankers and eastern railroad corporations who exploited western land. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day—that is, until they rode headlong into the 20th century.

Fenced-in range, telephone lines, electric lights, and new crime-fighting techniques were quickly rendering obsolete the outlaws of the wide open frontier. Knowing their time was up, Butch and Sundance, along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place, headed to South America, vowing to leave their criminal careers behind. But riding the trails of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, Butch and Sundance would find that crime wasn’t through with them just yet.

In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before: Butch, the brains of the outfit; Sundance, the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law whom they fought with and against. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, author Thom hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.
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DVD Review: American Experience- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

This fast-moving documentary, produced and directed by John Maggio producer-director of American Experience: Billy the Kid , paints Butch, born Robert LeRoy Parker, as a calculated, cerebral outlaw whose robberies produced large paydays with small body counts. His elaborate, well-planned heists made him quite a celebrity, and many badmen sought to work with him. Like the classic film, this program highlights the fact that, despite their many differences, the duo formed the closest of friendships. They chose under pressure to flee to New York City and, subsequently, South America, to escape encircling government agents, and their bond remained unbroken by the end of the Western frontier as they knew it. Unlike the popular film, however, the documentary does not smooth over the details of their deaths to preserve the legend in a sepia-toned freeze frame. Here it is told that, after being cornered and engaging in a gunfight in which they are severely wounded, Butch executed Sundance before taking his own life.

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: American Experience

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