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Thelma & Louise (1991)

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

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Lena, the Waitress
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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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With the light starting to fail and a public holiday looming, Ridley Scott had roughly 45 minutes to get the final scene just right. See more »

Goofs

The scene where J.D. first asks Thelma and Louise for a ride is supposed to take place in Oklahoma; the newspaper Louise buys is the "Daily Oklahoman". However, a freeway entrance with a green triangular California state highway shield can be seen clearly in the background. See more »

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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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Badlands
Written by Charlie Sexton
Performed by Charlie Sexton
Produced by Nile Rodgers
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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