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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 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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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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Before the fame when fun was the name of the game

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Comedy | Western

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,136,913
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Sheriff Ray Bledsoe: You're out of prison for one week and you come back to Brown's Hole. Get the hell out of here! Get a job or something. And stay out of trouble!
Butch Cassidy: I don't want a job, Ray. That kind of life doesn't suit me.
Sheriff Ray Bledsoe: Damn it, what about your promise to the Governor.
Butch Cassidy: That was Wyoming.
Sheriff Ray Bledsoe: Oh, and this is Utah! Is that it?
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Cursed By The Original, Better Than It Is Given A Chance To Be.
9 July 2007 | by parmrhSee all my reviews

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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