This prequel doesn't match its progenitor in either casting or style. Without Paul Newman or Robert Redford in the title roles, it doesn't matter whether Butch dwells on the pair's infancy or senility - there's no star chemistry. Tom Berenger and William Katt acquit themselves admirably, but they simply can't compete with the ghosts of two superstars.

This prequel doesn’t match its progenitor in either casting or style. Without Paul Newman or Robert Redford in the title roles, it doesn’t matter whether Butch dwells on the pair’s infancy or senility – there’s no star chemistry. Tom Berenger and William Katt acquit themselves admirably, but they simply can’t compete with the ghosts of two superstars.

Butch is standard sagebrush material, with few of the comic misadventures that characterized the original. There are some patented Richard Lester hijinks in the first half-hour of the prequel, but these peter out surprisingly soon.

1979: Nomination: Best Costume Design

Butch and Sundance - The Early Days

Production

20th Century-Fox/Pantheon. Director Richard Lester; Producer Gabriel Katzka, Steven Bach; Screenplay Allan Burns; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Antony Gibbs, George Trirogoff; Music Patrick Williams; Art Director Brian Eatwell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

William Katt Tom Berenger Brian Dennehy Peter Weller Jeff Corey Jill Eikenberry
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