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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louise
... Thelma
... Hal
... Jimmy
... Darryl
... Max
... J.D.
... Harlan
... Lena, the Waitress
... State Trooper
... Albert
... East Indian Motel Clerk (as Shelly De Sai)
... Major
... Waitress
... 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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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

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$16,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$45,361,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The holes in the trunk of the police cruiser are much larger than ones made by a .38 ... which Thelma had. See more »

Quotes

Louise: Damn, Jimmy. What'd you do, take some kinda pill that makes you say all the right stuff?
Jimmy: Yeah. I'm chokin' on it.
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Connections

Referenced in Josh and S.A.M. (1993) See more »

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I Don't Want To Love You (But I Do)
Written by Paul Kennerly
Performed by Kelly Willis
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Still great
10 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

You have to give it up for a movie that casts Michael Madsen as pretty much the only sane guy in existence. Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) go off from their banal existences to a trip that heads up poop creek really REALLY fast. After shooting dead a would-be rapist, they both head for the hills where the law, personal freedom and, yes, Brad Pitt await! I hadn't seen this in quite a number of years, and it was great to come back to. I remembered a lot of it, but I noticed particularly this time the strong performances of not only of Davis and Sarandon, but of Harvey Keitel, Madsen (who is actually amazing), Pitt, and quite underplayingly, Christopher Mcdonald. Ridley Scott puts these elements all together in one explosive package.


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