Cinema: Spinning Yarn

BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS Directed by Richard Lester Screenplay by Allan Burns

In its curious way, this is a daring movie. It is a "prequel," as the neologism has it. The Early Days tells the story of how the title characters met and formed the partnership celebrated in that mighty hit of (can it be?) a decade ago, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the circumstances it would have been sufficient merely to evoke the antic cheerfulness of the old movie and then coast home on its reputation. Instead, Director Richard...

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