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Good movie - bad movie

Posted February 2, 2011

I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when the highly touted western film came out in 1969. I remember thinking - what a nice movie with two cool characters, a pretty girlfriend and gorgeous scenery.

Now that I finally have Netflix I've been watching a lot of old movies. Last night while running on the treadmill I revisited Butch Cassidy with high hopes of rediscovering the cinematic magic.. My impression was totally different. I thought it was a pretty lousy movie. No criminals could be that affable and the dialogue seems so contrived and cheesy now. Filmmaking has come a long way.

Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever return to a childhood favorite only to be deeply disappointed?

What movies have stood the test of time?


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  • country4ever Feb 3, 2011

    Compare the first James Bond movie with the most recently released...the old ones seem so corny now.

  • thefensk Feb 3, 2011

    Oh glad someone mentioned Forbidden Planet. Still one of my all-time favorites. Also the original Day The Earth Stood Still ... THEY are science fiction movies because they are about people and situations, not about special effects.
    Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet actually has listings as an actor over several decades. The Robot from Lost in Space or R2D2 or 3CPO? Just characters, played by actors.

  • aprivette Feb 3, 2011

    ole yellar

  • westoflyra Feb 3, 2011

    I used to think "Pretty in Pink" was a good movie, but recently I watched it and wondered why I ever thought it was good. Jon Cryer's character "Ducky" is truly annoying in that film. I'm glad that "Andie" (Molly Ringwald) ended up with "Blaine" (Andrew McCarthy). The writers originally had Andie ending up with Ducky. Test audiences didn't like that.

  • jpittard2 Feb 3, 2011

    Lots of discussion this morning. My husband's pick is Forgotten planet which I can't watch at all! We both agree on the Great Escape and Guns of Navarone. He also likes Midway. I still like the 1st Indiana Jones movie, the sting and Casablanca.

  • blytle Feb 3, 2011

    LOVE The Sting!!!

  • pulstar40 Feb 3, 2011

    Casablanca. Still a classic. And though Bill may not like Butch Cassidy now, I still enjoy watching The Sting. I agree too with Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind.

  • gastonboater Feb 3, 2011

    True Grit! There will never be another like it-

  • emcmanus Feb 3, 2011

    How about Roman Polanski's Chinatown? My husband and I watched this movie the other night and oh my! It was terrific - again! Classic!

  • TheDude abides... Feb 2, 2011

    The great DeMille Classic, The Ten Commandments!

    Still shown every passover/easter. Still great.

    Maybe its not the movie that stood the test of time. lol




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