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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.


Ridley Scott


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





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Somebody said get a life... so they did.


Adventure | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, and for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thelma and Louise See more »

Filming Locations:

Derby Acres, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,101,297, 27 May 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Brad Pitt was cast, the role went to William Baldwin but he ended up dropping out. George Clooney was rejected multiple times. Mark Ruffalo auditioned. Eventually, the role went to Robert Downey Jr. but Ridley deemed him too short compared to Geena. Geena was the one who picked Brad to do the part. See more »


Louise refers to the Thunderbird as being green. It's blue. See more »


Thelma: Hey Louise, better slow down. I'd just die if we get caught over a speeding ticket.
Louise: You know, for the first time in my life I wish this car wasn't green.
Thelma: Are you sure we should be driving like this? I mean, in broad daylight and everything?
Louise: No we shouldn't, but I want to put some distance between us and
Louise: the scene of our last goddamn crime!
[they both laugh and scream with joy]
Thelma: Oh, man! You wouldn't have believed it. It was like I'd been doin' it all my life. I mean, nobody would believe ...
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The Way You Do The Things You Do
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) & Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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You will not forget this film
22 March 2018 | by Sober-FriendSee all my reviews

This is one of the rare times that I went to see this movie more than once. When I first saw it "I had no idea what to expect" and neither did the audience. Everybody thought we were "Seeing a Comedy". So the events in this film shook me (and the rest of the audience) to my core. What I saw was a film that did not follow the predictableness of a Hollywood film. What I got was an eye opener. I loved the film regardless of the events that happen in the film.

I do not want to give this entire film plot away but to me "Everyone Should See This Film". It is a statement on relationships and how things happen when you "Never Saw It Coming" WOW!!

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