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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 24 May 1974 (USA)
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thunderbolt
... Lightfoot
... Eddie Goody
... Melody
... Curly (as Garey Busey)
... Vault Manager
Eugene Elman ... Tourist (as Gene Elman)
Burton Gilliam ... Welder
... Dunlop
Claudia Lennear ... Secretary
... Crazy Driver
... Mario Pinski
... Station Attendant
... Used Car Salesman
Erica Hagen ... Waitress
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Storyline

Seven years after a daring bank robbery involving an anti-tank gun used to blow open a vault, the robbery team temporarily puts aside their mutual suspicions to repeat the crime after they are unable to find the loot from the original heist, hidden behind a school chalkboard. The hardened artilleryman and his flippant, irresponsible young sidekick are the two wild cards in the deck of jokers. Written by <booda@datasync.com>

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Thunderbolt... the man with the reputation. Lightfoot... the kid who's about to make one! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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24 May 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Letzten beißen die Hunde  »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The World War II-era 20 millimeter Oerlikon cannon used by Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood) and his gang could possibly be used as a (rather small-caliber) "anti-tank gun" as stated in the film, but was usually mounted on Naval patrol boats and ships as an anti-aircraft weapon. The Oerlikon saw virtually no use in the Korean War with U.S. Army ground forces, which is where Thunderbolt and Red were supposed to have served. See more »

Goofs

As Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are being chased by Red and Eddie, Lightfoot careens the stolen Buick Riviera off the highway and down a steep embankment. Clint Eastwood's character (Thunderbolt, in the passenger seat) has obviously been replaced with a dummy. In addition, in some of the shots you can clearly see a large camera assembly, mounted behind the back seating area of the Riviera. See more »

Quotes

Melody: I didn't get your name.
Lightfoot: Well, I didn't give it to ya'. My name is Lightfoot.
Melody: "Lightfoot"?
Lightfoot: That's right.
Melody: That's a dumb name. I mean, what kind of person would name a kid that, ya' know?
Lightfoot: What's your name?
Melody: Melody.
Lightfoot: "Melody"? That's not a dumb name?... Hey, maybe we had the same father?
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Referenced in The Making of 'Tron' (2002) See more »

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Where Do I Go from Here
Composed and Sung by Paul Williams
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Old Movie that still kicks
11 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film has a few weak spots in the script, but I sure like it. A heist movie, with a mean Kennedy in it. Jeff and Clent never made another movie, and they could be like Redford and Newman; they have movie chemistry. TBS edits this film too much, its recomended watching on video. Worth renting 7/10.


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