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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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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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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 »

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After Thelma and Louise blow up the rude trucker's tanker, they drive their car in rings around him. But the trucker is already standing in the middle of a ring of darker-colored freshly turned earth left by a previous take. See more »

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J.D.: So, tell me something, Miss Thelma. How is it you ain't got any kids? I mean, God gives you something special, I think you oughta pass it on.
Thelma: Well, Darryl, that's my husband...
J.D.: Darryl?
Thelma: Yeah. He says he's not ready yet. He says he's still too much of a kid himself. He kinda prides himself on being infantile.
Louise: He's got a lot to be proud of.
Thelma: Louise and him don't get along.
Louise: That's putting it mildly.
Thelma: She thinks he's a pig.
Louise: I know he's a pig.
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Referenced in Batman: The Creep Crusader (2013) See more »

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Part Of Me, Part Of You
Written by Glenn Frey & Jack Tempchin
Performed by Glenn Frey
Produced by Don Was
Co-Produced by Elliot Scheiner
Courtesy of MCA Records
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car emptiness...
13 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Through his career, Ridley Scott was an eclectic film-maker because he broached (with success) several cinema styles: science-fiction with "Alien", historical film with "1492: Christopher Colombus". Here, he succeeded very well his way to the road-movie and this one is listed among the best road-movies ever made. At first look, the story looks simple and without too many claims: two young women, Thelma and Louise are going out for the week-end with the firm intention of having a ball. But what they don't know is that this drive will soon become a descent into hell... The movie is worth seeing for its two main actresses: Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, both outstanding and what interests Ridley Scott, is their temperament and their evolution during the movie. At the beginning, a sensitive and fragile Thelma is next to a energetic and realistic Louise but in the second part of the movie, more precisely, after Thelma burglarized a shop (probably the best sequence in the whole movie) in order to grab money, roles are reversed. This is an occasion to make out Louise's wounds and weaknesses. So, don't rely too much on appearances... "Thelma and Louise" is also a movie where Scott takes a lucid look on the hidden side of the American society and especially on men. Scott introduces them to us with their worst faults: either they're macho (Darryl), obscene (the truck driver), perverse (the rapist) or coward (the cop). The only one saved is Harvey Keitel who never falls into the caricature of the American cop usually described to us as merciless or obsequious. Here, he shows understanding and even compassion towards the two runaways, notably Louise because he knows that she hides a terrible secret. A dynamic and panting movie where laugh and sorrow are skillfully married.


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