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Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

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.

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Ready to quit their life of crime, the three "most-wanted" outlaws in the West---Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and Bill Carver ---perform their final job by robbing and stealing a train and ... See full summary »

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The Sundance Kid / Harry Alonzo Longabaugh
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Butch Cassidy / Robert Leroy Parker
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Mike Cassidy
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Joe Le Fors
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O.C. Hanks
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Bill Tod Carver (as Chris Lloyd)
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Mary Parker
Joel Fluellen ...
Jack the Bartender
Regina Baff ...
Ruby
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Old Robber
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Hugh Gillin ...
Cyrus Antoon
Sherril Lynn Rettino ...
Annie (as Sherril Lynn Katzman)
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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.

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Comedy | Western

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24 August 1979 (Sweden)  »

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Les joyeux débuts de Butch Cassidy et le Kid  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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As part of his research for this picture, Richard Lester screened Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), which apparently, he had not seen. See more »

Quotes

Butch Cassidy: I was just sort of wondering what's up there?
Jack: Rooms. If you want to satisfy your curiousity, give her twenty bucks. She'll show you one.
Butch Cassidy: I'm not that curious.
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Referenced in A Fistful of Fingers (1995) See more »

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30 December 2005 | by (Iceland) – See 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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