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Thelma & Louise (1991)

R  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  24 May 1991 (USA)
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An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena, the Waitress
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East Indian Motel Clerk (as Shelly De Sai)
Surveillance Man


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.


Adventure | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thelma and Louise  »

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Box Office


$16,500,000 (estimated)


$45,361,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Louise grabs Thelma's headphones off her and scares her wasn't planned. In the DVD's audio commentary, Geena Davis commented that she was supposed to get up when Susan Sarandon called her from the car, but she had the volume on her walkman up too high and didn't hear her cue so Susan came over to get her. See more »


When Louise is laying out her plan to go to Mexico, the cut on Thelma's lip from hours before is gone. When she bumps into J.D., he comments about it and then Thelma sits in the car and the cut is there again. See more »


Thelma: [Louise tells her the police probably tapped Darryl's phone] Tap the phones? What're you talking about?
Louise: Come on, Thelma, murder 1 and armed robbery.
Thelma: Murder 1? We can't even say it was self defense?
Louise: Well it wasn't, we got away, we were walking away.
Thelma: Yeah but they don't know that. It was just you and me there. I'll say he raped me and you had to shoot him, that's almost the truth.
Louise: Won't work.
Thelma: Why not?
Louise: There's no physical evidence, we can't prove he did it, we probably can't even prove by now that ...
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Referenced in Cheers: Get Your Kicks on Route 666 (1991) See more »


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Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) & Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
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Is it anti-male?
3 May 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

A lot of people have dubbed this as a "chick flick" but I do not really like that term as it implies that men cannot enjoy watching it. Alien had a female lead and had parts that were sad but nobody would call that a chick flick. Also is every movie about male characters a guy flick? I thought this was a great drama and the acting was superb. No one can deny that this movie is a classic and has influenced the English language. I would also like to mention that I am a man. In response to people who bash the movie saying that it is anti-male; I would like to say that Thelma and Louise is simply a movie about situations that happen to women all too often. Women are raped everyday and women are abused everyday; this movie brings that into the light and says that it is not good enough. I do not believe that shooting the rapist was justified but at least he did not get away with it. The movie shows that by running away from your problems things only get worse. People have also commented that there are no men that are not portrayed negatively. Both the sympathetic police officer and Jimmy are likable characters. The purpose of this film was not to celebrate masculinity but to show two women breaking free from oppression. Not all women are raped or abused but it is something that is very common and it is relevant enough to be a theme of a movie.

I was very moved by the movie and I gave it a 9/10

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