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Thelma & Louise (1991)

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

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East Indian Motel Clerk (as Shelly De Sai)
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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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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,101,297, 27 May 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,361,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, and Brad Pitt would go on to work with Quentin Tarantino in various projects. Pitt worked with Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds (2009), and appeared in True Romance (1993), which was written by Tarantino. Keitel worked with Tarantino in Pulp Fiction (1994) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Madsen worked with Tarantino in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and The Hateful Eight (2015). Keitel and Madsen were both in Reservoir Dogs (1992). See more »

Goofs

When Hal looks up Thunderbird owners in the Arkansas State Police database, each owner's name is listed in alphabetical order. The corresponding list of vehicle's year / color is listed in chronological order, a coincidence unlikely to happen in real life. See more »

Quotes

Louise: [talking about their cabin vacation in the mountains later in the day] You mean you haven't asked him, yet? Thelma, for Christ's sake! Is he your husband or your father? It is just two days, for God's sake. Don't be a child. Tell him you're going with me.
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Louise: Tell him I'm having a nervous breakdown.
Thelma: That don't carry much weight with Darryl. He already thinks you're out of your mind.
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Connections

Referenced in Designing Women: On the Road Again (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Tennessee Plates
Written by John Hiatt & Mike Porter
Performed by Charlie Sexton
Produced by Nile Rodgers
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A terrific movie about friendship.
17 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, but it wasn't until I sat through it the third time that I figured out why. It is clever, exciting, and funny and is shot in the middle of the breathtaking scenery of the American Southwest. However, the thing that makes it special is its illustration of pure friendship. It may be difficult for some men to cross the gender boundary and connect with Thelma and Louise, yet doing so is critical to appreciating the film. If you can make the connection then you can get its message -- we all need a friendship like the one Thelma and Louise had. This movie will strike a deep emotional chord.....if you aren't afraid to let it. And if you happen to be too emotionally closed off to appreciate what I think the movie says about friendship I think that you will still enjoy the characters, acting, action, and humor. It is a ten out of ten.


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