1979 Certificate: pg


Tom Berenger and William Katt star in the lively and engaging story of how two young outlaws put aside mutual distrust to forge the most notorious crime team in the West. Director Richard Lester warmed up for one movie that had a hard act to follow (Superman II) with a prequel that had even bigger boots to fill. Thankfully, Berenger and Katt cut the mustard as the younger versions of Paul Newman's Butch and Robert Redford's Sundance, respectively. Handsomely shot and with Brian Dennehy, Christopher Lloyd and a young Peter Weller among the supporting cast, it's a mighty fine ride.


  • Richard Lester


  • William Katt

  • Tom Berenger

  • Brian Dennehy

  • Jeff Corey

  • Jill Eikenberry


Given his success with the Musketeer films, Richard Lester was perhaps the obvious director to entrust with this 'prequel' to the famous Oscar-winning Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Once again, Lester's amusingly inventive touches are everywhere, although his handling of the overall pace is less sure. The dialogue lacks the spark of the original but the action comes in dynamic bursts, with Brian Dennehy making a fearsome nemesis, forever trying to drill our heroes full of holes.