Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Masterpiece Two--"Enough Dymamite, Butch?"

"Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?"

This classic line from the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid qualifies as a masterpiece. While robbing a train, Butch (Paul Newman), Sundance (Robert Redford), and their Hole-in-the-Wall Gang come upon a safe that's just a little too sturdy. Butch, tasked with blowing the safe, overdoes it with the dynamite and the whole thing--train car, safe, and contents--is blow to smithereens creating a snowstorm of dollar bills. Our two heroes are knocked off their feet by the explosion at which time Sundance, chewing a wad of tobacco, surrounded by outlaws running around snatching money from the air, turns to Butch and asks the immortal question.

It's the line that launched Robert Redford's career. And interestingly enough, it reportedly was ad libbed.

Of course, the true beauty of this line is its appropriateness for use on those rare but inevitable occasions where a touch of humor is needed to recognize a noble, strenuous, and well-intended effort that has resulted in disaster. How many times in your life have you or someone in your family or workplace tried to do the right thing but used too much dynamite? At times like these, one needs a little laugh.

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