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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Thunderbolt... the man with the reputation. Lightfoot... the kid who's about to make one! See more »


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Release Date:

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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Because then five year old Kyle Eastwood said one word of dialogue, which was "Hi!", this action classified him, in terms of the actor's guild rules, as being in the dialogue category, and as such, had to be paid scale, which was at the time, US $128. See more »


During interior shots of Lightfoot driving the white Trans Am into the wheat field the camera can be seen through the windshield attached to the hood. See more »


Eddie Goody: [when the Thunderbolt and Lightfoot's car goes off a cliff] What do we do now, Red?
Red Leary: [shouting in sign to follow them] GERONIMO!
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Where Do I Go from Here
Composed and Sung by Paul Williams
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Somewhere between "The Man With No Name" and "Dirty Harry"....
1 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" is somewhat of a puzzle. It is an uneasy mixture of comedy, buddy road movie, and action film. While Eastwood's "spaghetti western" anti-hero was a "good" bad guy, "Thunderbolt" fails to elicit the same reaction. He plots a heist with bad guys, and were it not for Eastwood's support of the highly likable "Lightfoot", his character would be difficult to embrace as anything but just another criminal. In fact, Eastwood's "Thunderbolt" is completely overshadowed by Jeff Bridges endearing performance. The movie benefits from terrific supporting characters, great on location photography, and surprising comic moments. It is weakened by uneven transitions from comedy to drama, and about 10 minutes of car chases that could have been trimmed.

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