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Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
Directed by Richard Lester
Produced by Steven Bach
Jack B. Bernstein
William Goldman
Gabriel Katzka
Written by Allan Burns
Starring Tom Berenger
William Katt
Michael C. Gwynne
Peter Weller
Brian Dennehy
Christopher Lloyd
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by George Trirogoff
William Goldman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates June 15, 1979
Running time 111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9 million[1]
Box office $2.260,000 (US/ Canada)[2]

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days is a 1979 Western film and prequel of sorts to the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It starred Tom Berenger as Butch Cassidy and William Katt as the Sundance Kid.

It was directed by Richard Lester and written by Allan Burns. It generally received mixed reviews but was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.[3]


A young Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid are wannabe outlaws who find that breaking the law is not as easy as it seems.



Allan Burns worked on the script with William Goldman, who was on board as executive producer; Goldman added some scenes and moments he wanted to introduce in the first movie but the bulk of the script was Burns'.[4][5]

William Katt had recently made First Love and was being called "a young Robert Redford" so ended up being cast as Sundance. Tom Berenger was cast after the studio were impressed by his performance in Looking for Mr Goodbar.[6]

Director Richard Lester claimed he had never seen the first movie.[4]


Home media

A DVD of the film was released by Anchor Bay Entertainment in February 2005. However, Anchor Bay has since lost distribution rights to the film and the DVD was forced to go out of print.

Shout! Factory acquired the rights to the film and released it on DVD as a double billing with Death Hunt on February 1, 2011.


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ Solomon p 234. Please note figure is rentals not total gross.
  3. ^ "Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ a b 'Sundance': Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch... Lee, Grant. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Apr 1978: m40.
  5. ^ The 'Hyphenate' Is Television's Latest Breed of Mogul: The 'Hyphenates' By BILL DAVIDSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 29 May 1977: 47.
  6. ^ FILM CLIPS: DYAN CANNON'S SHOOTING STAR Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 Nov 1977: g19.

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