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Thelma & Louise (1991)

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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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Ridley Scott

Writer:

Callie Khouri
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Louise
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
Shelly Desai ... East Indian Motel Clerk (as Shelly De Sai)
Ken Swofford ... Major
Carol Mansell ... Waitress
Stephen Polk ... Surveillance Man
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thelma and Louise See more »

Filming Locations:

Derby Acres, California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Won Best Original Screenplay in the same year that The Silence of the Lambs (1991) swept the major awards at the Oscars (including Best Adapted Screenplay), making it the only other film to win a major award that year. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Thelma meets Jimmy at the motel to get the money, it is very obviously nighttime as seen through the windows. However, moments before entering the motel, it is daylight. It is daylight (but clearly a little later) again when they are back outside. See more »

Quotes

Lena, the Waitress: Neither of those two was the murdering type, Hal.
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Referenced in Bunheads: Next (2013) See more »

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No Lookin' Back
Written by Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald & Ed Sanford
Performed by Michael McDonald
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Feminist road classic carries a full tank of gas.
16 March 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

THELMA & LOUISE has to be regarded as a pure 90s classic that brought up a considerable amount of risk in creating a first-person feminist formula into a mainstream movie, which is often missing. It pulls off fantastically true in form, with the exceptional Southern character talents of the two lady fugitives on the run, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who may stand out as memorable on the silver screen. Let's not forget that silly truck driver they pass quite often, and of course, cowboy Brad Pitt as a young student. While not needed to be fully reliant on action substances like gunshooting, there is good chemistry within its grasp. Every single minute should not be wasteful, as plenty of refreshing outbursts of enjoyment outweighs the familiar old plot of evading the police. The ending is a definite eye catcher, and also the riskiest ever filmed! Beware of this rip-off called GOOD GIRLS DON'T, another poor B-movie with no redeeming quality. Satisfyingly original, and highly recommended!


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