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Thelma & Louise (1991)

An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird.

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Storyline

Louise is working in a diner as a waitress and has some problems with her boyfriend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Somebody said get a life... so they did.

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Rated R for strong language, and for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

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$16,500,000 (estimated)

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$45,361,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Both Michael Madsen and Christopher McDonald were initially in talks to play the part of Harlan, the rapist. See more »

Goofs

After Thelma and Louise blow up the rude trucker's tanker, they drive their car in rings around him. But the trucker is already standing in the middle of a ring of darker-colored freshly turned earth left by a previous take. See more »

Quotes

Louise: What did Darryl have to say?
Thelma: Oh, he said: Oh, hey, Thelma, I just wanted to make sure you was all right. I sure hope you're having fun. You deserve it, after all you put up with me. I love you, honey.
[She swigs from a mini-bottle]
Thelma: So, how long before we're in goddamn Mexico?
[Realizing that Thelma has committed to journeying with her, Louise grins]
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: Spoils of War (1997) See more »

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Part Of Me, Part Of You
Written by Glenn Frey & Jack Tempchin
Performed by Glenn Frey
Produced by Don Was
Co-Produced by Elliot Scheiner
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Feminist road classic carries a full tank of gas.
16 March 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

THELMA & LOUISE has to be regarded as a pure 90s classic that brought up a considerable amount of risk in creating a first-person feminist formula into a mainstream movie, which is often missing. It pulls off fantastically true in form, with the exceptional Southern character talents of the two lady fugitives on the run, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who may stand out as memorable on the silver screen. Let's not forget that silly truck driver they pass quite often, and of course, cowboy Brad Pitt as a young student. While not needed to be fully reliant on action substances like gunshooting, there is good chemistry within its grasp. Every single minute should not be wasteful, as plenty of refreshing outbursts of enjoyment outweighs the familiar old plot of evading the police. The ending is a definite eye catcher, and also the riskiest ever filmed! Beware of this rip-off called GOOD GIRLS DON'T, another poor B-movie with no redeeming quality. Satisfyingly original, and highly recommended!


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