The Sundance Kid, who liked to whoop it up in the bars and brothels of this Texas city when he wasn't out West robbing trains and banks, had a reputation of not backing away from a fight even when he was outnumbered.
But Robert Redford, the actor who portrayed the Kid in the classic Western movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," has silently backed away from a legal confrontation with the wealthy, powerful Bass brothers over the use of the word "Sundance."Redford uses the name on his Utah-based Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute. Now he plans to add a chain of art-house movie theaters to the Sundance stable. And one of them was to be in Fort Worth where theaters owned by the Bass brothers are called AMC's Sundance 11 and Sundance 9.
They are located in Sundance Square, a business area owned by the Basses in downtown Fort Worth.
Redford's attorneys wrote to the brothers, saying he wanted the name Sundance removed from them.
The Bass brothers took Redford to federal court, asking a judge to declare them as rightful owners of the name. They claimed that they had used the name Sundance Square and Sundance continuously in Texas at least since 1981.
Redford started his Sundance Institute in 1980 after buying up thousands of acres in Provo Canyon.
The squabble came to an end Wednesday as part of an agreement finalized by U.S. District Judge John McBryde.
Neither side would comment on the settlement Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The agreement allows the Bass brothers to use the Sundance name on movie theaters in Tarrant and 10 surrounding Texas counties and in Love and Carter counties of Oklahoma, along the Texas border. Redford's enterprise can use it anywhere else.
"This is really what we wanted," according to Wesley Harris, a lawyer for the Bass brothers. "And I guess they decided it would work for them, too."