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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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... 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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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson was offered the part of Jimmy, but he turned it down, and it eventually went to Michael Madsen. See more »

Goofs

In the wide shot of the state police cruiser, in whose trunk Thelma and Louise have locked a state trooper, just before the Rastafarian cyclist approaches the car it is just in the shadow of the mountain on the left. In the close-up shots of the cyclist approaching the car, the car is completely in sunlight. See more »

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J.D.: I'm the great and powerful Oz. Who do you want to be?
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Referenced in Patti Cake$ (2017) 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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A Must-See
14 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Thelma and Louise" made a huge splash when it was released and has since become a part of the pop culture lexicon. In it, a mistreated housewife and harried waitress stumble into an out-of-control - but totally liberating - crime spree. As bold and relevant as ever, it remains a vastly entertaining must-see.

Callie Khouri's screenplay is a feeling, funny classic and director Ridley Scott lends this road movie epic scope, seeking out the beauty in open spaces.

Both leads - Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise - give fine performances. Thelma and Louise become fully realized human beings who share a powerful and authentic friendship. Their transformation into two outlaws is also made entirely believable by the actresses.

And what about the men? Harvey Keitel is charming as the sympathetic lawman, Hal, and Michael Madsen's turn as Louise's boyfriend Jimmy is wonderfully nuanced. Brad Pitt also leaves a strong impression as the winsome blonde thief J.D. It's easy to see why this film made Pitt a star.

"Thelma and Louise" is a film of rare cultural resonance, to be sure. Yet while undoubtedly provocative, this movie is also alot of fun.


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