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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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Brad Pitt had previously lost the role of a character named J.D. in the movie Heathers (1988) to Christian Slater. He got his revenge when he stole the role from Slater of another J.D. for Thelma & Louise. See more »

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The boom can be seen in the reflection of the car bonnet when Thelma, Louise and JD stop the car after taking a diversion on the dirt path through the industrial yard when they see police ahead of them coming in their direction. See more »

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[Louise has just discovered that J.D. has stolen all of her money, and Thelma is trying to console her]
Thelma: I don't believe it. I don't believe it! Louise. You okay? Louise? I'm sorry, I mean it.
[Louise has her wrists over her face as Thelma kneels down to face her]
Thelma: Louise. It's okay. It's okay.
Louise: [Louise lifts her tear-streamed face] No, Thelma, it's not okay! It's definitely not okay. None of this is okay! I mean, what am I gonna do for money? Huh? How'm I gonna get gas? I mean, trade on our good ...
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Wild Night
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Martha Reeves
Produced by Richard Perry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Still great
10 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

You have to give it up for a movie that casts Michael Madsen as pretty much the only sane guy in existence. Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) go off from their banal existences to a trip that heads up poop creek really REALLY fast. After shooting dead a would-be rapist, they both head for the hills where the law, personal freedom and, yes, Brad Pitt await! I hadn't seen this in quite a number of years, and it was great to come back to. I remembered a lot of it, but I noticed particularly this time the strong performances of not only of Davis and Sarandon, but of Harvey Keitel, Madsen (who is actually amazing), Pitt, and quite underplayingly, Christopher Mcdonald. Ridley Scott puts these elements all together in one explosive package.


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