Butch Cassidy Saddles Up Again

This time without the Sundance Kid
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
Butch Cassidy Saddles Up Again
In in this 1969 file photo, actors Robert Redford, left, as the Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy appear in this scene from the film ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.''   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

Forty years after his apparent death in a Bolivian shootout at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy is back. Blackthorn, a new movie set to begin filming next month, has Sam Shepard taking Paul Newman's old role, saddling up as an older Cassidy who returns to crime after 15 years spent laying low in Bolivia, hoping to pull off one last heist so he can return home to the US.

This time, sadly, there's no sidekick—the Sundance Kid died in the hail of bullets at the end of the 1969 movie. And as to whether the real-life Cassidy could have survived the 1908 shootout in Bolivia, it's historically plausible, the Independent reports: Since the bodies of Cassidy and the Kid were never identified after the shootout, some historians think Cassidy wasn't killed, but returned to the US incognito.
(More Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stories.)

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