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24 August 1979 (Sweden) See more »
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. | 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)
David Hill ... Boy in Bank (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)
O.T. Henderson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Booth Gallett .... location manager
Roger Neville Williams .... location manager
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
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Rudy Ugland .... head wrangler
Harry Williams .... location auditor
Paul Wilson .... creative visual consultant
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:AL (1980) | Peru:14 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (theatrical rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Tom Berenger was cast as Butch Cassidy after the production had seen his performance in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). At the time, Berenger was living and working in New York. The production had to fly Berenger from New York to Hollywood so skeptical 20th Century Fox studio executives could see him first hand. Publicity for this picture stated: "But when they met him, it was all over. They fell in love with him".See more »
The Sundance Kid:I didn't want to kill him! I just wanted to put a bullet... just wanted to put a hole in him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Fistful of Fingers (1995)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, 30 December 2005
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

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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