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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Country:

USA | UK | France

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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Trivia

Thelma's date of birth according to the police broadcast is November 27, 1956. Screenwriter Callie Khouri was born on November 27, 1957. See more »

Goofs

During the big chase scene, the Thunderbird Louise is driving hits a police cruiser and knocks off a side mirror. However, after the chase scene, we can clearly see that the mirror is still intact and on the car. This is because the mirror that we saw fly clear was from the police cruiser, not Louise's Thunderbird. See more »

Quotes

[they've just discovered that J.D. has stolen all of Louise's money]
Thelma: Oh! Oh, goddamn it! I don't believe it. I've never been lucky! Not one time! Shit! That son of a bitch burned me. I don't believe it. I don't believe it. Louise? You okay? Louise. I'm sorry, I mean it.
Thelma: [Louise has her wrists over her face as Thelma kneels down to face her] Louise, it's okay. It's okay.
Louise: [Louise lifts her tear-streamed face] No, Thelma, it's not okay! It's definitely not okay. None of this is okay! I mean, what are...
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Connections

Referenced in The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Honey
Written by John Doe & Dave Alvin (as David Alvin)
Performed by Kelly Willis
Produced by Tony Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A rare moment in cinema of the total rejection of the rule of law and patriarchy…
8 December 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The road movie is traditionally a male genre, relying on the sense of freedom and independence that having one's own transport provides and which has usually been the privilege of men… What is innovatory about "Thelma & Louise" is the way it reequips the genre for women…

Thelma (Geena Davis) is a housewife trapped in a meaningless marriage, Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress in a not very significant relationship… They decide to give themselves a little space by taking off for a weekend… But when Louise shoots a man who is trying to rape Thelma, they are precipitated into a far more radical break with their past lives…

The setting of action in the American southwest and the acts of outlawry the women are obliged to commit in order to keep on the run give the film some of the feel of a Western… What makes it nevertheless a women's film is that the relationship between the two principals is at the center of the story… The various men they encounter, both the ones they leave behind and those they meet on the road have less importance for Thelma and Louise than the two women do for each other…

Predictably, the film met with hostility from some male viewers, on the grounds that the men were caricatured and that the film encouraged violence…


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