American Experience Separates Fact From Fiction About This Western Legend

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
Discover the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award. On Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 pm, KUED and American Experience present, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The documentary is part of American Experience's The Wild West series, which has featured: Buffalo Bill, Billy The Kid, Custer's Last Stand, The Donner Party, Kit Carson, and many more. 

Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits robbing banks and trains in the West—and then seemingly vanishing into thin air—became national news and the basis of rumors and myth.
 
But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch Gang?  And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force?

Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of American Experience’s  popular The Wild West series explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid airs Tuesday, February 11 at  8:00 p.m.
 



 

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