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William Goldman (characters)
Allan Burns (written by)
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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(3 articles)
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Cursed By The Original, Better Than It Is Given A Chance To Be. See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
 
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115 min
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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 »
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Mike Cassidy:It's the greatest country in the world. Guilty as hell - free as a bird!See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Cursed By The Original, Better Than It Is Given A Chance To Be., 9 July 2007
Author: parmrh from Chapel Hill, N.C. U.S.A.

Whenever I see anyone comment upon this little film, they immediately begin by blasting it because it cannot compare with the classic; "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid."

I personally do not see that this prequel film was trying to meet or exceed 'The Original' but rather, provide a fun addition and a playful homage to it.

Stars Tom Berenger and William Katt do a credible job as young, fumbling and bumbling outlaws trying to hit their style and stride without getting killed in the process. No, they are not Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but they are not playing Butch and Sundance as seasoned vets at THE END of their criminal careers, either. Watching this, I have no trouble accepting it as a humorous glimpse at the formative beginning and early misadventures of The Legends; Butch and Sundance.

Other aspects in this film's favor are grand location scenery and some top notch supporting cast members, including the ever-enjoyable Jeff Corey reprising his role from the classic as Sheriff Ray Bledsoe (try not to notice that Sheriff Bledsoe is mysteriously older in this "Early Days" film ....But then, aren't we all?)

No, it is not a perfect movie--but then, it can be argued that The Original has it's flaws as well. (Director George Roy Hill expressed his own regrets on a few aspects of his creation that he was never completely happy with)

Bottom Line: If you can accept NOTHING but Redford & Newman, then stay away from this movie, because they are not in it ...

If however, you can just relax and enjoy the ride, then this is a fun little film.

My advice: Give "Butch And Sundance, The Early Days" a shot-- If it don't thrill you, at least it won't kill you !

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