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Thelma & Louise

1991 American road movie directed by Ridley Scott

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Thelma & Louise - the girls are back in town

  • Nov 29, 2001
Pros: Sarandon & Davis and the story itself

Cons: not sure

The Bottom Line: ......

The Oracle says: Christopher McDonald has a Bacon number of 2.
Christopher McDonald was in Divorce: A Contemporary Western (1998) with Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas was in Novocaine (2001) with Kevin Bacon ***

Ah, those winsome little babes, Louise (Susan Sarandon) and Thelma (Geena Davis), just out for a Sunday drive! No, seriously folks, Thelma has a husband, Darryl (Christopher McDonald), who is just about the biggest creep walking and no way does he want his little haus frau to have a thing to do with the highly erotic and wholly unpredictable Louise. But she does, the heck with him!

She tells the hubby she is going on a fishing trip with Louise, and the fun begins, in a sick and demented way, as they decide to stop at a country-western bar for some drinks. Unfortunately, since Thelma seldom sees the outside world, and since she is spirited and just a tad bit flirtatious, she meets up with another a-hole, similar to her husband, Timothy Carhart. When old Tim tries to introduce her to Big Jim and the Twins, over the hood of her car, Louise steps in and blows him away - and not in the way old Tim was hoping for folks!

Thinking the police are certainly not going to believe their story, after all Thelma had practically thrown herself on half the male population in the bar, they pack up the buggy and boogie straight out of town. Thelma, however, never learns her lesson and manages to pick up a hitchhiker along the way, sweet, loveable, psychotic Brad Pitt. He robs them after a little tickle between the sheets with Thelma and things start to escalate in a really bad way for the girls from this point.

Louise's boyfriend, Michael Madsen, meets up with them, asks Louise to marry him, gives them money, and tried to convince the girls to turn themselves in. In the meantime, nasty-mouthed Darryl speaks to Thelma on the phone, with the FBI listening in, and tries to convince his ever loving wife to return to the nest so he can plummet the be-jesus outta her, I'm sure. The FBI agent, Harvey Keitel, is convinced that these two ladies acted out of fear for their lives, and he dang near talks them into turning themselves over ......... but ........ the sunset and freedom beckons and the girls drive on, more or less.

Things I really liked about this movie
The acting - Sarandon and Davis are incredibly in tune with each other in this movie. You feel like they really are best friends, you feel like they really are out to have a good time together. You feel their love for each other and their disappointment in each other. You are definitely pulling for them throughout the entire movie and if they had ended it any other way I would have been sorely disappointed in the entire movie.

There was absolutely nothing to like about Christopher McDonald, and that is just how it was intended. How could you root for Thelma if she had a sweet and loving husband to come home to? You would consider her a two-bit ‘ho for her actions, if he had a decent bone anywhere in his body, but under the circumstances you forgive her the little trysts she has - look what is waiting for her!

Likewise, you feel great pain for Michael Madsen. He's nothing but a nice guy and he shouldn't have to feel this way, but then again, he shoulda popped that question earlier too in my book! Beside that, though, you find that he offers a nice counterpoint for the character played by McDonald.

Other than the acting, I found a good message contained in the movie. Love and admiration between friends, companionship, belief in your goals and belief in yourself. Set your sights to something and follow through, no matter the consequences. Don't give in to those that want to overpower you and demean your character.

The scenery was fantastic. The desert at night, breathtaking. The southwestern deserts, the vistas and even the bleakness were beautiful.

Sure, but what didn't I like?
As usual they portray the females as down-trodden and beaten by their men and by the men they come in contact with. In addition, they always have to resort to violence, rape, murder, etc., in order for the women to even show a bit of power.

And although I admired their determination and the way they followed through with what they made their minds up to do, it still saddened me to think they had to take such drastic steps to even come to terms with what little freedom they managed to get. And though I really thought the ending had to be what it was, it still seemed a bit extreme. Even with that extremity however, I still stood and applauded them when the time came, what the Hell!

Academy Award Nomination: Best Actress - Geena Davis , Best Actress - Susan Sarandon, Best Director - Ridley Scott, Best Cinematography - Adrian Biddle, Best Film Editing - Thom Noble. Winner? Best Original Screenplay - Callie Khouri

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THELMA AND LOUISE is a great movie about two women who set out on a weekend vacation, but end up becoming two fugitives on the run across the American southwest. The acting is wonderful. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis have never had finer performances and the supporting "male" cast does just as fine a job (not only was this the film that made Brad Pitt a star, this also was the movie that jump-started Harvey Keitel's career). After his success with ALIEN, Ridley Scott made a few lackluster films …
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Fed up with her boyfriend (Michael Madsen), live-wire Arkansas waitress Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) persuades her friend Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis), a naive housewife burdened with a negligent, sexist husband (Christopher McDonald), to hit the road with her for a weekend of freedom. One of their first stops is a bar where the women relax, dance, and flirt with some of the locals. But the situation turns ugly when one man (Timothy Carhart) follows Thelma to the parking lot and attempts to rape her, causing Louise to shoot and accidentally kill him. Convinced that the police will never believe their version of the incident, the women take off, now fugitives from the law. Emboldened by recent events, Thelma picks up studly young cowboy J.D. (Brad Pitt) in Oklahoma and enjoys a one-night stand that leads to even more trouble. Director Ridley Scott's infamous feminist road movie ranks among the best films of the 1990s. Along with BLADE RUNNER and ALIEN, the film is one of Scott's finest works, largely ...
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