Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  24 May 1974 (USA)
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With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Goody
Curly (as Garey Busey)
Vault Manager
Eugene Elman ...
Tourist (as Gene Elman)
Burton Gilliam ...
Claudia Lennear ...
Crazy Driver
Mario Pinski
Station Attendant
Used Car Salesman


Seven years after a daring bank robbery involving an anti-tank gun used to blow open a vault, the robbery team temporarily puts aside their mutual suspicions to repeat the crime after they are unable to find the loot from the original heist, hidden behind a school chalkboard. The hardened artilleryman and his flippant, irresponsible young sidekick are the two wild cards in the deck of jokers. Written by <>

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24 May 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Letzten beißen die Hunde  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


$25,000,000 (USA)

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According to Steven Bach's 'Final Cut', Clint Eastwood was disappointed with the film's initial disappointing US$9 million receipts and blamed United Artists for inadequately promoting the film. Despite his relationship with the studio on the spaghetti Westerns and a two-picture deal from the studio, he never made another film for them. See more »


As Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are being chased by Red and Eddie, Lightfoot careens the stolen Buick Riviera off the highway and down a steep embankment. Clint Eastwood's character (Thunderbolt, in the passenger seat) has obviously been replaced with a dummy. In addition, in some of the shots you can clearly see a large camera assembly, mounted behind the back seating area of the Riviera. See more »


Lightfoot: [Final lines] You know... you know somethin'? I don't think of us as criminals, you know? I feel we accomplished something. A good job. I feel proud of myself, man. I feel like a hero.
John Doherty: Are you all right, kid? You don't look too well.
Lightfoot: I believe you're right.
[Slumps over]
John Doherty: Lightfoot!
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A male Thelma And Louise!
16 October 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) isn't perfect, but it has a lot going for it. The pairing Eastwood and Bridges is great, these aren't the same kinds of actors, and yet their on-screen relationship works well. Supporting character actors George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis round out rest of the heisters, and Gary Busey makes an early appearance in a small role. Also of note is the striking Montana scenery, quite unseen on film, this movie does an admirable job showcasing it. What I'm really surprised about is how no one else seems to have noticed a couple of things about this film.

First: The title of this film, and its two main characters are an homage to a pair of famous 19th century highwaymen who called themselves respectively `Captain Thunderbolt' and `Captain Lightfoot'. This isn't the last time Hollywood film criminals would be named after real life bandits. In the film `The Way Of The Gun' the characters are called `Mr. Parker and Mr. Longbaugh' which of course were the real names of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid! Also of interest is the fact that Geoffrey Lewis appears in The Way Of The Gun!

Second: Those interested in a companion piece to this film might consider watching `Thelma and Louise' which mirrors the on-the-road relationship of this film very closely. Though the plot is different, the relationship with the landscape and the emphasis on two characters is strikingly similar. In short a good film, worth watching!

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