“Most of what follows is true.”
At times, a title sequence outshines the film that follows, at others, it’s a missed opportunity. The opening to George Roy Hill's 1969 revisionist western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, however, wears its seams face-out, calling attention to itself while maintaining an intimate hold on the larger themes at play. As the sepia-toned newsreel acts out the story of the real-life bank robbers on which the film is based, we already feel the nostalgic hush of a legend long gone.
This opening sequence also had a huge effect on Director David Fincher, who said "I look at that movie and its title sequence and I think, 'That was a scene in the film — that was written in the script — but it was used in a completely different way.'"