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Writer (WGA):
Callie Khouri (written by)
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Release Date:
24 May 1991 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Somebody said get a life... so they did.
Plot:
An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Sarandon ... Louise Sawyer

Geena Davis ... Thelma

Harvey Keitel ... Hal

Michael Madsen ... Jimmy

Christopher McDonald ... Darryl

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Max

Brad Pitt ... J.D.

Timothy Carhart ... Harlan

Lucinda Jenney ... Lena, the Waitress

Jason Beghe ... State Trooper

Sonny Carl Davis ... Albert

Ken Swofford ... Major

Shelly Desai ... East Indian Motel Clerk (as Shelly De Sai)

Carol Mansell ... Waitress

Stephen Polk ... Surveillance Man

Rob Roy Fitzgerald ... Plainclothes Cop
Jack Lindine ... I.D. Tech
Michael Delman ... Silver Bullet Dancer
Kristel L. Rose ... Girl Smoker
Noel L. Walcott III ... Mountain Bike Rider (as Noel Walcott)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Carey ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)

Catherine Keener ... Sarah, Hal's wife (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
John Michael Quinn ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Charlie Sexton ... Himself (uncredited)

Marco St. John ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Billy Tim ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... State Police Pilot (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ridley Scott 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Callie Khouri (written by)

Produced by
Mimi Polk Gitlin .... producer (as Mimi Polk)
Callie Khouri .... co-producer
Dean O'Brien .... co-producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Louis Di Giaimo)
 
Production Design by
Norris Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Lisa Dean 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens  (as Anne Ahrens)
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth McBride 
 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist
Richard Arrington .... makeup artist
Anthony Cortino .... hair stylist
Bonita DeHaven .... makeup artist
Karl Wesson .... hair stylist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit production manager
Dean O'Brien .... unit production manager
Garth Thomas .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Tom Archuleta .... first assistant director: second unit
Bobby Bass .... second unit director
Steve Danton .... first assistant director
Martin Jedlicka .... dga trainee
Wendy Peterson .... second second assistant director (as Wendolyn Peterson)
B. Scott Senechal .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator (as Richard Bayard)
Walter Berner .... swing gang (as Walter Berner III)
Gary Clark .... paint foreman (as Gary A. Clark)
Addie Flores .... labor foreman
Frank Galvan III .... stand-by painter
Ross Harpold .... assistant set decorator
Paul Arthur Hartman .... swing gang (as Paul A. Hartman)
Michael W. Hirabayashi .... assistant art director (as Michael Hirabayashi)
Roger M. Janson .... construction foreman (as Roger Janson)
Alan S. Kaye .... set designer (as Alan Kaye)
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
Jim Olson .... construction foreman (as James Olson)
Victor Petrotta III .... property assistant (as Victor F. Petrotta III)
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master
Richard R. Powell .... swing gang (as Richard Raymond Powell)
Tom Randol .... swing gang (as James T. Randol)
Chuck Roseberry .... assistant property master
Lazar Samarzich .... greens assistant
Robert Butch Samarzich .... greensman (as Robert L. Samarzich)
Monti Santilli Rainbolt .... property assistant
Scott Snyder .... construction foreman
Kenneth Turek .... leadman
Mark Vitale .... construction foreman
Larry R. Wehner .... labor foreman
 
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Carter)
Norman A. Cole .... assistant adr editor (as Norman Cole)
Gordon Davie .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... additional sound re-recordist
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
Les Healey .... assistant sound editor
Nicolas Le Messurier .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
John Poyner .... adr editor
Bob Risk .... sound effects editor
Timothy P. Salmon .... boom operator
Jim Shields .... supervising sound editor (as Jimmy Shields)
Keith A. Wester .... production sound mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Preston Oliver .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dean St. John .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Martin J. Gibbons .... special effects technician
Todd Jensen .... special effects technician (as Todd K. Jensen)
Tim Moran .... special effects technician (as Tim J. Moran)
Stan Parks .... special effects coordinator
Kevin Quibell .... special effects technician (as Kevin S. Quibell)
Paul Stewart .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt player (as Greg Barnett)
Bobby Bass .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Bass .... stunt player
Steve Boyum .... stunt player
David Burton .... stunt player
Terry Collis .... stunt player
Bob Dewitt .... stunt player
Kenny Endoso .... stunt player
Tony Epper .... stunt player
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt double: 'Louise'
Diane Kay Grant .... stunt double: 'Thelma'
Marguerite Happy .... stunt double: 'Louise'
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunt player (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt player
Norman Howell .... stunt player (as Norm Howell)
Billy D. Lucas .... stunt player (as Billy Lucas)
John Meier .... stunt player
Ann Melville .... stunt player
Bennie Moore .... stunt player (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Mary Peters .... stunt player
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt player (as Ronnie Rondell)
Mike Ryan .... stunt player (as Michael C. Ryan)
David Webster .... stunt player
Dick Ziker .... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... second assistant camera
Andrew Aguilar .... grip (as Andy Aguilar)
Paul Amorelli .... best boy electrician
Audie Aragon .... best boy grip
David Canestro .... grip
John Connell .... aerial camera technician (as John A. Connell)
James M. Cox .... electrician (as James Cox)
Tom Cox .... chief lighting technician (as Thomas P. Cox)
Dennis Dodd .... generator operator
Kenji Inouye .... grip
R. Scott Judge .... dolly grip
Aaron Katz .... video assistant
J. Steven Matzinger .... clapper loader
Daniel Mindel .... first assistant camera (as Dan Mindel)
Bob Miyamoto .... grip
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Kevin Newett .... electrician
Stephen Patrick Norman .... second assistant camera
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography
Darrin Pulford .... electrician
Brad Rea .... dolly grip
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera (as Cal Roberts)
Bob Rose .... key grip (as Bobby Rose)
Erich O. Rose .... grip
Joe Rowan .... electrician
Michael Scott .... camera operator
John Smock .... electrician (as John D. Smock)
Alexander Witt .... camera operator
Alexander Witt .... camera operator: second unit
 
Casting Department
Ira Belgrade .... casting associate
Dan Parada .... extras casting: The Casting Group
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nisa Kellner .... set costumer
Taneia Lednicky .... key costumer
Janet Powell .... set costumer (as Janet L. Powell)
 
Editorial Department
Audrey Evans .... apprentice editor
Craig Galloway .... assistant film editor
Bob Hart .... negative cutter (as Bobby Hart)
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant film editor
David Orr .... color timer
Julie Payne .... post-production coordinator
Chris Peppe .... assistant film editor
David Richards .... apprentice editor
Antonia Van Drimmelen .... assistant film editor (as Antonia van Drimmelen)
 
Music Department
Joachim H. Hansch .... music executive: Pathe
Peter Haycock .... musician: solo guitar (as Pete Haycock)
Blake Lewin .... music coordinator
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Laura Perlman .... music editor
Jay Rifkin .... music recordist
Nico Golfar .... score wrangler (uncredited)
Charlie Morgan .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Brad Segal .... assistant music executive: Pathe (uncredited)
John Van Tongeren .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lynn Collis .... transportation captain
Terry Collis .... transportation coordinator
Jerry Sidwell .... transportation captain (as Gerald L. Sidwell)
David Trevino .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Robin Allen-Paris .... production assistant (as Robin Allen)
Christine Baer .... production coordinator
Paul J. Bellman .... production assistant (as Paul Bellman)
Scotty Bergstein .... assistant: Ms. Polk (as Scott Bergstein)
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Gerald Bowne .... craft service
Cary Burns .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Larry D. Campbell .... location assistant (as Larry Campbell)
Diana Campbell-Rice .... production secretary
Stephanie Claxton .... assistant production accountant
Tracy DeFreitas .... assistant production coordinator (as Tracy Defreitas)
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Guiliano Gallo .... caterer (as Michaelson-Gallo)
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Tim Gonzales .... craft service
Pauline Granby .... assistant post-production accountant
Ken Haber .... location manager: Utah (as Kenneth Haber)
Lisa Hackler .... projectionist
Don Hildebrand .... helicopter pilot
James Kelly .... assistant location manager (as James M. Kelly)
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Michelle Michael .... first aid
Steve Michelson .... caterer (as Michaelson-Gallo)
Patrick Mignano .... location assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach (as Timothy Monich)
Michael Neale .... location manager: California
Cee Ozenne .... stand-in: 'Thelma'
David Paris .... helicopter pilot
Patrick Spezialy .... payroll supervisor
Deborah Stenard .... stand-in: 'Louise'
Rob Stevens .... accounting secretary
Julie Strain .... stand-in: 'Thelma'
Arthur Tarry .... post-production accountant
Phillip L. Tomalin Jr. .... assistant: Ms. Sarandon (as Phillip Leslie Tomalin Jr.)
Kami Turrou .... production assistant
Cynthia Zajonc .... ground safety (as Cynthia V. Zajonc)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Francie Brown .... dialect coach: Mr. Keitel (uncredited)
Kristi Frankenheimer .... production associate (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe .... product placement (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Larry Stelling .... mechanic (uncredited)
Joe Straw .... production accountant (uncredited)
Terrance Ottis Williams .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brett Palmer .... special thanks: The San Juan County Film Commission
Bette Stanton .... special thanks: The Moab Film Commission
Dale Stapley .... special thanks: State of Utah Department of Transportation
Amanda Temple .... special thanks
 
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Rated R for strong language, and for some violence and sensuality
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In an interesting twist of fate, Brad Pitt lost out on the role of Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991) to William Baldwin, who then had to be released from his contract to play the small part of J. D. in Thelma & Louise (1991) that was re-cast with Brad Pitt.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When J.D. comes up to the car to ask Thelma for a ride his sunglasses keep changing position. Sometimes they are in his hand and sometimes they are hanging from his shirtSee more »
Quotes:
Lena, Waitress:Neither one of those girls is the murdering type, Hal!See more »
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Featured in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) (TV)See more »
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86 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
More than an exercise in male-bashing, 8 June 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

This is an important commercial film aimed at blue collar women who feel victimized by both society and the men in their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the science fiction classics, Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982), Thelma and Louise is an on-the-lam chick flick (with chase scenes), a kind of femme Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), somewhat akin to Wild at Heart (1990) and Natural Born Killers (1994) but without the gratuitous violence of those films. Ridley Scott walks the razor edge between femme-exploitation and serious social commentary. Incidentally, the script is by Callie Khouri who wrote Something to Talk About (1995) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) which should give you an idea of how men are depicted here.

Susan Sarandon is Louise, a thirty-something Arkansas waitress with an attitude and some emotional baggage, and Geena Davis is Thelma, a cloistered ingenue housewife with a yearning to breath free. Both do an outstanding job and carry the film from beginning to end. The characters they play are well-rounded and fully developed and sympathetic, in contrast to the men in the film who are for the most part merely clichés, or in the case of Darryl (Christopher McDonald), Thelma's boorish husband, or the troll-like truck driver, burlesques.

I have never seen Geena Davis better. Her unique style is melded very well into a naive woman who never had a chance to express herself, but goes hog wild and seems a natural at it when the time comes. Sarandon is also at the top of her game and plays the crusty, worldly wise, vulnerable Louise with tenderness and understanding. Note, by the way, her pinned up in back hair-style, directly lifted from TV's Polly Holliday ("Kiss my grits!") who appeared as a waitress in the seventies sitcoms "Alice" and "Flo."

Harvey Keitel plays the almost sympathetic cop, Hal Slocumb, and Brad Pitt appears as J. D., a sweet-talking twenty-something who gives Thelma the script for robbing 7-11s as he steals more than her libido.

This movie works because it is funny and sad by turns and expresses the yearning we all have to be free of the restraints of society and its institutions (symbolized in the wide-open spaces of the American Southwest) while representing the on again, off again incompatibility of the male and female heart. The male-bashing is done with a touch of humor and the targets are richly deserving of what they get. The ending is perhaps too theatrical and frankly unrealistic, but opinions may differ.

Best and most telling quick scene is when Thelma phones Darryl to see if he has found out about their escapades. Weasel-like, he is trying to help the cops locate them, but he is so transparent to her that all she has to do is hear his voice. "He knows," she says to Louise and hangs up.

Best visual is when the black police helicopter appears suddenly, menacingly like a giant fly beneath the horizon of the Grand Canyon. Also excellent were the all those squad cars lined up like armored battalions aimed at the girls on the run.

I also liked the scenes at the motel with J.D. and Louise's boyfriend. They were beautifully directed and cut, and very well conveyed by Sarandon and Davis, depicting two contrasting stages in male-female relationships.

See this for Geena Davis because she was brilliant, vividly alive and never looked better.

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