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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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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

Gross USA:

$5,136,913
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Berenger was cast as Butch Cassidy after the producers had seen his performance in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). At the time, Berenger was living and working in New York City. The producers had to fly Berenger from New York City to Hollywood, so skeptical 20th Century Fox 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 »

Quotes

The Sundance Kid: You know, I've been thinking...
Butch Cassidy: That could be dangerous!
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Referenced in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) See more »

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24 March 2001 | by cutter-12See all my reviews

Under-Shown, under-appreciated, underrated and vastly overlooked gem. An entertaining little western with good performances and situations and with some genuinely funny lines. Look for Christopher Lloyd and John Schuck in brief but humorous character roles, and the menacing Brian Dennehy who offsets William Katt in the film's main gunfight. By no means the heavyweight and complex picture starring Newman and Redford that we all know and love but it gets along quite amiably on its own merits and does nothing at all to offend or tarnish the memory of George Roy Hill's classic. Still, one wonders just how great and memorable the premise could have been if it had been produced in the 90's with Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt as the younger Butch and Sundance. Think about it. While you do, pour yourself a shot of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid then watch Early days as the chaser.


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