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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.
When Michael Cimino was discussing the film with Jeff Bridges, he told Bridges it was his job to make Clint Eastwood laugh both on and off camera, and he did.
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According to several sources including Steven Bach's 'Final Cut', Clint Eastwood perceived himself to be upstaged by Jeff Bridges.
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Jeff Bridges is seen wearing drag in this movie. Bridges once said of this: "It's mind blowing! When you glance in a mirror, you feel like you're looking at your sister!". Jeff got a bit of flak and wisecracks about his role as a leading lady from both actors and stars, brother and father, Beau Bridges and Lloyd Bridges.
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Whilst shooting in Montana, a visiting Utah theater exhibitor said to Clint Eastwood that showing moving pictures was just a part-time hobby for him, and that his real business was raising turkeys, whereupon Eastwood replied, "My business is seeing to it that I don't!".
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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.
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Debut feature film as an actor for Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, who was five years old at the time, playing, uncredited, a boy at a refreshment truck eating ice creams.
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Jeff Bridges was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, his second Oscar nomination, and his last until Starman (1984). According to the book "Clint: The Life and Legend" (1999) by Patrick McGilligan, Clint Eastwood believed that his own performance was worthy of an Oscar nomination.
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The church used in the opening scenes was the St. Johns Luthern Church in Hobson, Montana. The church was sold in 1980 and dismantled with plans to move it across the state to Troy, Montana. Eventually these plans were scrapped along with the church itself.
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The dangerous stunt where Clint Eastwood leaps onto a speeding car being driven by Jeff Bridges and hooks his leg inside the car window whilst holding onto the door handle was performed by Eastwood himself.
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Michael Cimino has said on his audio-commentary for his later movie Year of the Dragon (1985) that if it had not been for Clint Eastwood, he would never have had a career in the film industry.
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Clint Eastwood did this picture because he wanted to make a road movie according to "American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood" (2009) by Marc Eliot.
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Clint Eastwood originally intended to direct the movie. At that point in time, Eastwood had directed three films, Breezy (1973), High Plains Drifter (1973) and Play Misty for Me (1971).
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Debut feature film as a director for Michael Cimino.
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Michael Cimino modeled 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)' after one of his favorite films from the 1950s, Captain Lightfoot (1955), directed by Douglas Sirk. That film follows the adventures of two Irish highwaymen (Capt. Thunderbolt and Captain Lightfoot) as they attempt to raise money to support their Irish revolutionary society.
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According to "American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood" (2009) by Marc Eliot, Hollywood talent agent Stanley Kamen gave the idea for the film to Michael Cimino to write on spec for Clint Eastwood in mind as a vehicle for him.
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First of two cinema movies that actor George Kennedy made with Clint Eastwood. The other was a year later with The Eiger Sanction (1975) where Eastwood directed Kennedy. They also both appeared in an episode of Rawhide (1959), that being Rawhide: The Peddler (1962).
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The production shoot for this picture ran for forty-seven days.
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Principal photography on the film had it shot during July, August and September of 1973.
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The beer that Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are drinking at the lake side, is Olympia Beer, from Olympia Brewing Company in Tumwater, Washington. No longer in business.
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Michael Cimino was given the chance to write and direct this picture for Clint Eastwood after Eastwood was impressed with a rewrite Cimino did on the second "Dirty Harry" script, Magnum Force (1973).
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The picture grossed more than US $3 million in its first week of theatrical release in America.
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Star Clint Eastwood received the script for the movie from agent Leonard Hirshan who had in turn received it from agent Stanley Kamen.
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According to Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004), Clint Eastwood did not like to do anymore than three takes for a shot. Jeff Bridges said, "I would always go to Mike [Michael Cimino] and say 'I think I can do one more. I got an idea.' And Mike would say 'I gotta ask Clint.' Clint would say, 'Give the kid a shot.'" Moreover, First assistant director Charles Okun added, "Clint was the only guy that ever said 'No'. Michael said 'OK, let's go for another take.'If it was take four, Clint would say 'No we got enough. We got it.'...And if [Cimino] took too long to get it ready, [Eastwood] would say, 'It's good, let's go.'"
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The high-concept for this picture was devised by Hollywood talent agent Stanley Kamen of the William Morris Agency.
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The value of the money from the heist at the bank robbery was US $500,000.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7 seconds
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The 'Thunderbolt' of the film's title refers to the nick-name "The Thunderbolt" of character John Doherty played by Clint Eastwood.
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Kyle Eastwood:  Uncredited, as a boy at a service station eating ice-cream.
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