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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:54pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The year was 1969, an age of rebellion—when villains could be heroes, and do-gooders were rejected by a progressive generation with a thirst for freedom. It was the year of EASY RIDER, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, and the classic buddy western, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.


  • Guilford
    11/20/2012 at 11:44am


    A good biopic of Nathanael Greene and the characters that he worked with to struggle through leadership of the southern campaign in the Revolutionary War is a great idea for a movie. While broad in scope, the characters can carry this story of struggle in a very unforgiving world. Greene himself, the "father" of American cavalry William Washington, Robert E. Lee's father "Light Horse" Harry Lee, Peter Francisco, Daniel Morgan (Boone's uncle), Francis Marion, and other very interesting and exciting characters worked to develop and carry out a campaign against the very professional British Army under Cornwallis to end the war. What a story!

    I'm wondering what happened to the films that were in development already, specifically about Paul Revere and the other "midnight riders," and the other one about John Brown. They have simply disappeared from the site! I was really looking forward to the Midnight Riders movie. What an exciting, very dramatic couple of days that would depict!

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • kcliflar
    04/30/2011 at 4:42pm


    If it were not for the incredible work and generous intellectual encouragement of Laurie Verge, Director of the Surratt Museum, her staff, volunteers, and the Surratt Society, we would still be in the dark ages regarding the history and interpretation of Lincoln's assassination.

    For everyone interested in understanding how our United States Constitution was first created as a proslavery document, please read Paul Finkelman's incredible work on the subject. See "Slavery and the Founders," "Slavery and the Law," and "Imperfect Union."

    from Slavery, race, and the assassination
  • Alexy
    04/18/2011 at 3:06pm


    I'd like to see biopics or miniseries revolving around two key figures in 20th century music -- Les Paul and Leo Fender. But I'm a guitar player and so I'm horribly biased. :D

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Irish1812
    04/08/2011 at 8:58pm


    The story of George Crook deserves a movie. He was become of the best “Indian Fighting” generals in the US army because he often used the tactics of the Native Americans against them. He used scouts from the different tribes to help him, and was upset when the government sent them to reservations in Florida. When some Native Americans escape from a reservation under his command, he tracked them down, captured them, and then turned around and defended them in court from punishment by the United States Government. When he died, Red Cloud said of them "He, at least, never lied to us. His words gave us hope." A film about Crook would be an even handed dramatization of a tragic by interesting period of history.

    There are many navel stories from the civil war which could be made into “Master and Commander”/”Horatio Hornblower” style films. Among these would be William Cushing’s fight with the CSS Albemarle, the voyage of the CSS Alabama, and the voyage of the CSS Shenandoah, which was the last Confederate military unit to surrender. The best book about the Shenandoah would be Last Flag Dow: The Story of the Last Confederate Warship by John Baldwin and Ron Powers.

    A movie about an entrepreneur or inventor would be good. The stories of Thomas Edison and James J. Hill show the many good things men like these did for society. A film humanizing business men would be nice departure from the stereotyped depiction of them in most Hollywood movies.
    The story of Phillies Wheatley would be a good film. African slave girl writes poems and then defends her authorship in court and wins.

    Of course, any move about the events surrounding the War for Independence is way over do. There are literally hundreds of stories that could be told. I would love to see some, like the one about Paul Revere TAFC is working on.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made


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  • Favorite figure in American History:

    Paul Revere
  • If I could live in any period of American History:

    Colonial-Revolutionary America
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    Professor of American Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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