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Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 1979 (UK)
A prequel of sorts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) which chronicles the two outlaws' lives in the years before the events portrayed in the 1969 movie.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Allan Burns, William Goldman (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Katt ... Sundance Kid
Tom Berenger ... Butch Cassidy
Jeff Corey ... Ray Bledsoe
John Schuck ... Harvey Logan
Michael C. Gwynne ... Mike Cassidy
Peter Weller ... Joe Le Fors
Brian Dennehy ... O.C. Hanks
Christopher Lloyd ... Bill Carver (as Chris Lloyd)
Jill Eikenberry ... Mary
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Jack the Bartender
Regina Baff ... Ruby
Peter Brocco ... Old Robber
Vincent Schiavelli ... Guard
Hugh Gillin ... Cyrus Antoon
Sherril Lynn Rettino Sherril Lynn Rettino ... Annie (as Sherril Lynn Katzman)
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Storyline

The early partnership of outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, better known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in the late nineteenth century American frontier is told. Just paroled from a Wyoming prison on a vow to the state's Governor, affable and otherwise honorable Butch returns to his old stomping grounds of Brown's Hole, Utah, where he meets Longabaugh in a casino shootout gone wrong, the event initiated by Longabaugh. Despite baby-faced and more volatile Longabaugh not looking for a professional union, Butch, impressed by his shooting prowess and eventually renaming him the Sundance Kid, is able to convince him into that partnership for what each can do for the other, Butch to be the brains, and Sundance to be the shooting brawn. Despite wanting some notoriety both as an outlaw but also as an all 'round good guy who deserves some respect, Butch is trying to ween himself off criminal activities largely for the sake of his wife Mary and their two young sons... Written by Huggo

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Before the fame when fun was the name of the game

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Les joyeux débuts de Butch Cassidy et le Kid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,522,351, 17 June 1979

Gross USA:

$5,136,913

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,136,913
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of a theatrical film for television Writer Allan Burns though the film of Burns script for A Little Romance (1979) was released first. Orginally, Producer Steven Bach said of Burns being hired for this Butch and Sundance prequel: "The studio didn't want him. In their eyes, he was a television writer. We said, 'it's him or no picture'. They read the script on a Friday, and by Monday they were offering him everything under the sun!" See more »

Quotes

[waving a gun at Butch]
The Sundance Kid: Now let me tell you something. I could drop you right here. so don't be telling me how stupid I am. I'm as smart as you are. Now, you got that?
Butch Cassidy: Now with that in your hand, you're a damn genius!
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Not bad
30 December 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

This prequel to the legendary Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford is not nearly as good but that doesn't make it bad either. If you're going to compare these two, this one is only going to suffer. But if you look at it on it's own terms you'll find there's plenty to enjoy here.

Tom Berenger and William Katt step into these legendary roles as Butch and Sundance and they do remarkably well. Director Lester focuses mainly on the comedic aspects of their relationships and at times the film is quite hilarious in depicting their early years as thieves who work their way up to become train robbers. In the final third the movie goes into serious and dramatic territory which isn't all that interesting nor enjoyable, but it does enhance the characters and give them more of a plight. But it picks up for a grand finale where the pair rob their first train.

With good supporting actors like Brian Dennehy, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Weller on board, Butch and Sundance; The Early Days is a film that should easily entertain most western fans and even admirers of the legendary "sequel" if viewers are willing to accept it on it's own terms.


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