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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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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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Trivia

Both Michael Madsen and Christopher McDonald were initially in talks to play the part of Harlan, the rapist. See more »

Goofs

After the Thunderbird is spotted by the 3 police cruisers they all drive over the dirt strip separating the lanes. Tire tracks from previous takes are clearly visible. The same thing is apparent when the Thunderbird drives out into the desert. See more »

Quotes

Max: You know, the one thing I can't figure out are these girls real smart or real real lucky?
Hal Slocumb: Don't matter. Brains'll only get you so far and luck always runs out.
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The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
Written by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Produced by Mark Miller Mundy for Airstream
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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A rare moment in cinema of the total rejection of the rule of law and patriarchy…

The road movie is traditionally a male genre, relying on the sense of freedom and independence that having one's own transport provides and which has usually been the privilege of men… What is innovatory about "Thelma & Louise" is the way it reequips the genre for women…

Thelma (Geena Davis) is a housewife trapped in a meaningless marriage, Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress in a not very significant relationship… They decide to give themselves a little space by taking off for a weekend… But when Louise shoots a man who is trying to rape Thelma, they are precipitated into a far more radical break with their past lives…

The setting of action in the American southwest and the acts of outlawry the women are obliged to commit in order to keep on the run give the film some of the feel of a Western… What makes it nevertheless a women's film is that the relationship between the two principals is at the center of the story… The various men they encounter, both the ones they leave behind and those they meet on the road have less importance for Thelma and Louise than the two women do for each other…

Predictably, the film met with hostility from some male viewers, on the grounds that the men were caricatured and that the film encouraged violence…


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