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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

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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Storyline

The early partnership of outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, better known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in the late nineteenth century American frontier is told. Just paroled from a Wyoming prison on a vow to the state's Governor, affable and otherwise honorable Butch returns to his old stomping grounds of Brown's Hole, Utah, where he meets Longabaugh in a casino shootout gone wrong, the event initiated by Longabaugh. Despite baby-faced and more volatile Longabaugh not looking for a professional union, Butch, impressed by his shooting prowess and eventually renaming him the Sundance Kid, is able to convince him into that partnership for what each can do for the other, Butch to be the brains, and Sundance to be the shooting brawn. Despite wanting some notoriety both as an outlaw but also as an all 'round good guy who deserves some respect, Butch is trying to ween himself off criminal activities largely for the sake of his wife Mary and their two young sons... Written by Huggo

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Before the fame when fun was the name of the game

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,522,351, 17 June 1979, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,136,913
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy Parker) was so nicknamed, because he once worked in a butcher's shop, while The Sundance Kid (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh) was nicknamed this because he once was arrested in Sundance, Wyoming. See more »

Quotes

The Sundance Kid: What was this guy like?
Butch Cassidy: Who?
The Sundance Kid: Hanks.
Butch Cassidy: Okay, really.
The Sundance Kid: Thanks a lot.
Butch Cassidy: What for?
The Sundance Kid: Oh, I wanted you to tell me he was a lousy bastard that didn't deserve to live. Did he have any family?
Butch Cassidy: Just the five kids.
The Sundance Kid: Did he?
Butch Cassidy: No! And will you quit torturing yourself! He didn't have any kids. He didn't even hava a wife... just some old hag he lived with. Sundance, when you go get yourself in gunfights, you cna't just pick orphans to do it with.
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As far as sequels go, not bad
4 May 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Gorgeous scenery, well photographed. Good actors. Sweet tone. Inventive bits that echo the spirit of the previous movie. However, I agree with Leonard Maltin on the one flaw: no story. This movie is more or less a collections of vignettes, sometimes with little to no connection with each other. If there had been a developing story to hang these vignettes on, we would have gotten a movie very close to the quality of the previous movie. But as it is now, it's a simple pleasant movie. Even better when you realize the usual quality of sequels.


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