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24 August 1979 (Sweden) See more »
A "prequel" of sorts to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," chronicling the two outlaws' lives in the years before the events portrayed in the Newman/Redford movie. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Katt ... The Sundance Kid / Harry Alonzo Longabaugh

Tom Berenger ... Butch Cassidy / Robert Leroy Parker

Jeff Corey ... Sheriff Ray Bledsoe

John Schuck ... Kid Curry / Harvey Logan

Michael C. Gwynne ... Mike Cassidy

Peter Weller ... Joe Le Fors

Brian Dennehy ... O.C. Hanks

Christopher Lloyd ... Bill Tod Carver (as Chris Lloyd)

Jill Eikenberry ... Mary Parker
Joel Fluellen ... Jack
Regina Baff ... Ruby
Peter Brocco ... Old Robber

Vincent Schiavelli ... Guard
Hugh Gillin ... Cyrus Antoon
Sherril Lynn Rettino ... Annie (as Sherril Lynn Katzman)

Jack Riley ... Messenger
Charles Knapp ... Telegrapher
John Megna ... Outlaw
Frank Doubleday ... 2nd Outlaw
John Mark Robinson ... 3rd Outlaw

Shay Duffin ... Mint Train Engineer

Noble Willingham ... Captain Prewitt

Elya Baskin ... Bookkeeper
Carol Ann Williams ... Lily
Paul B. Price ... Skinner (as Paul Price)
Paul Plunkett ... Bob Cassidy (as Paul Michael Plunkett)
Patrick Stewart ... Sam Parker
James Harmond Taylor ... Elderly Man at Train water stop
Charlene S. Stockton ... Elderly Woman at Train water stop
Jane Austen ... Daisy Mullen

Daryl Anderson ... Bank Guard
Joe Pacal ... Torgerson
Kent Hays ... Corporal
Regis Parton ... Sergeant (as Reg Parton)
Jane Beauchamp ... Fat Woman (as Jane M. Beauchamp)
Bob Behanna ... Hoffman
Sonja Buckley Berthrong ... Girl on Train

Ben Zeller ... Mike Cassidy's Guard
Peter Burman ... Boy on Street
Aly Yoder ... Dry Goods Store Clerk
Patrick Egan ... Guard
Bob Tzudiker ... Man on Street
Raleigh Gardenhire ... Anderson
Jackson S. Haynes ... Old Man
Stephanie Himmelsbach ... Woman at Bank
Walt Stevens ... Grissom
Liam Russell ... Banker
Mary Marsischsky ... Lady Barber
Caroline Rackley ... Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Hare ... (uncredited)
Arthur Hill ... Governor (uncredited)

Sonny Skyhawk ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Lester 
Writing credits
William Goldman (characters)

Allan Burns (written by)

Produced by
Steven Bach .... producer
Jack B. Bernstein .... associate producer
William Goldman .... producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
George Trirogoff 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
Art Direction by
Jackson De Govia  (as Jack De Govia)
Set Decoration by
Barbara Krieger 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss  (as William Theiss)
Makeup Department
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist (as Carolyn Jean Ferguson)
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert J. Koster .... unit manager
Wilbur Mosier .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter L. Bergquist .... second assistant director
Bob Dahlin .... second assistant director
Jack Frost Sanders .... assistant director
Art Department
Al Litteken .... construction coordinator
John Zemansky .... property master
Stuart Craig .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Robert K. Widin .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Loren Janes .... stunt coordinator
Steven Chambers .... stunts (uncredited)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Sorin Serene Pricopie .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunt double: Christopher Lloyd (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Johnny Walker .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frances Harrison Hays .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Antony Gibbs .... supervising editor
Chris Blunden .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
William Hogue .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicity director
Stuart Craig .... creative assistant
Chip Fowler .... production office coordinator
Booth Gallett .... location manager
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Rudy Ugland .... head wrangler
Harry Williams .... location auditor
Roger Neville Williams .... location manager
Paul Wilson .... creative visual consultant
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Only four cast and crew worked on both this movie and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). They included actor Jeff Corey, stuntman Steven Chambers and orchestrator Jack Hayes. Writer William Goldman was credited for characters from the first film and worked sparingly on the script as well as acting as an executive producer.See more »
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 "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.121" (2010)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Richard Lester goes West, 8 October 2001
Author: craigjclark from Haddonfield, NJ

As the first of the modern-day prequels this has something of a bad rep, but baggage aside it's a pretty entertaining yarn. This is the first and only time director Richard Lester ventured into the western genre and he manages to place his own stamp on the film. Much of it takes place during the winter, which provides for a different visual palette (similar to the look of Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"), and Lester adds his usual throwaway lines to keep things light.

Tom Berenger and William Katt do a good job as Butch and Sundance, and at times Katt's resemblance to Robert Redford is uncanny. Likewise when Berenger wears his hat just so. Joining them are Peter Weller as LeFors (who ends their first encounter by saying ominously, "I'll see you again"), Brian Dennehy as a rustler out for revenge, Vincent Schiavelli as a casino guard, Paul Price (late of Lester's "The Ritz") as a stingy butcher, and John Schuck and Christopher Lloyd as a couple of bumbling outlaws. Also, if you look sharp you can catch Richard Lester's cameo about 34 minutes in, doing a double take during one of the duo's getaways.

All in all, "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" may not in the same league as the original, but it's a good enough film in its own right, and at least worth a rental.

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