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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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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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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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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

In an interesting twist of fate, Brad Pitt lost out on the role of Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft (1991) to William Baldwin, who then had to be released from his contract to play the small part of J. D. in Thelma & Louise (1991) that was re-cast with Brad Pitt. See more »

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The camera on the crew vehicle can be seen in the reflection at the rear of the car on the chrome trim when the T Bird passes. This is just after Louise talks about getting away from their last crime scene. See more »

Quotes

[about the money]
Jimmy: It's a place called the Vagabond Motel. It's at 1921 North East 23rd. It's under "Peaches".
Louise: What?
Jimmy: That's the code word. I miss you, Peaches.
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Kick The Stones
Written by Chris Whitley
Performed by Chris Whitley
Produced by Dave Swanson with Chris Whitley for Pan Fish Prods.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Must-See
14 June 2004 | by sparklecatSee 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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