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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ridley Scott watched Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973) for inspiration for the look of the film. See more »

Goofs

After J.D.'s interrogation, the girls stop at a gas station and ask for a phone. They walk about 20 yards to a neighboring diner. The waitress behind the counter clearly has no clue who they are 'nor what they want; but points them straight to the phone as soon as they step in the door. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: I want to give you something.
Louise: Give it to me here.
[Jimmy pulls out at engagement ring]
Jimmy: Why don't you try it on? You didn't see that one coming, did you?
Louise: Why Jimmy? Why now?
Jimmy: Try not to get too excited, Louise. I just flew across two states with that ring in my fuckin' hand, and uh... You know I hate to fly.
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Featured in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) See more »

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Drawn To The Fire
Written by Pam Tillis & Stan Webb
Performed by Pam Tillis
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A terrific movie about friendship.
17 March 2000 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – 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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