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Fri Nov 16, 2018, 10:35 AM

Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride scriptwriter William Goldman dies aged 87

Source: The Guardian

Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died aged 87. Deadline reported he had died in his sleep at his home in New York, and his daughter Jenny confirmed his death was the result of colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman was key figure in the 70s New Hollywood generation who revolutionised the American film industry with a string of major films to his credit, but will probably be memorialised for a short aphorism that opened his 1983 memoir Adventures in the Screen Trade: “Nobody knows anything.”

Born into a Jewish family in Chicago in 1931, Goldman became interested in becoming a novelist after taking a creative writing course, and published his first novel, The Temple of Gold, in 1957.

He began to pick up screenwriting work in the mid-60s, after being hired to adapt Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon. Goldman’s script was shelved, but it led to more work, including the Ross Macdonald detective flick Harper, starring Paul Newman. Its success on its release in 1966 set Goldman on his way.

Goldman would alternate publishing novels and writing scripts. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which was another hit for Newman in 1969, was Goldman’s first original film script. It earned Goldman a massive fee, and best original screenplay Oscar.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/nov/16/butch-cassidy-and-princess-bride-scriptwriter-william-goldman-dies-aged-87

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Mrs. Overall Nov 2018 OP
leftynyc Nov 2018 #1
More_Cowbell Nov 2018 #2
leftynyc Nov 2018 #6
BumRushDaShow Nov 2018 #3
Beaverhausen Nov 2018 #4
TexasBushwhacker Nov 2018 #9
winstars Nov 2018 #5
TexasBushwhacker Nov 2018 #10
Aristus Nov 2018 #7
Martin Eden Nov 2018 #12
Paladin Nov 2018 #8
LanternWaste Nov 2018 #11

Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 10:52 AM

1. 2 terrific movies

Even named my late great tuxedo kitties Butch and Sundance. May his memory be a blessing.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:04 AM

2. The Princess Bride is also a great book nt

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 12:04 PM

6. I didn't know it was a book

Thanks for the heads up as I head to my kindle store.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:15 AM

3. Wow. R.I.P.

Loved both films!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:25 AM

4. He also wrote All the President's Men and Harper

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 01:02 PM

9. And Marathon Man!

and the screenplay for Misery, based on Stephen King's book. He was a great writer. He wrote interesting stories about characters that we cared about. No special effects or things exploding necessary.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 12:00 PM

5. Met him once briefly, a very cool cat!!!!

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Response to winstars (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 01:02 PM

10. I bet he was

"Adventures in the Screen Trade" was a great book too.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 12:17 PM

7. Inconceivable!

He will be missed.

What a wonderful writer...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 01:46 PM

12. That word you just used ...

I don't think it means what you think it means.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 12:54 PM

8. A genuinely great talent. RIP. (nt)

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 01:06 PM

11. He wrote a wonderful book called 'Adventures in the Screen Trade'

that I'd recommend to anyone who even flirting with the idea of writing screenplays.

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