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Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
Laughing Out Loud: Westerns with a Comic Spirit
Many great Western films feature serious stories, but the comic spirit has always been “out West” as well. This series celebrates what Charlie Chaplin, Doris Day, Mel Brooks, Paul Newman and Robert Redford have added to Western cinema. Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film & Media Studies, Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, and author of 30 books and award-winning screenplays, introduces these selections and leads discussions, with humor, of course!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, who is full of ideas, and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, who is all action and skill. The film, based on the two real members of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, creates memorable laughter as changing times mean they cannot be the outlaws they once were and eventually end up in Bolivia. William Goldman’s clever script and George Roy Hill’s creative directing contributed to this world-wide success. 110 minutes. Appropriate for ages 13+.