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Thelma & Louise (1991)

aka Thelma & Louise

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

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Details: 129 mins · English · R (USA)


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Feels a bit like a time travel movie nowadays

This film came out right around the time when I was at a rather impressionable age and back then, I loved it. Rewatching it today, I have to say that it's still not a bad film, but I don't love it anymore. I'm always happy to see powerful female characters as there are far too few movies with truly strong women in them (apart from the ones where strong means gleaming muscles/abs and little clothes). It just feels a little weird to be transported back into the world of the early 90s and even weirder since it's a trip into Cowboy-land and there's a 20something-year-old Brad Pitt in it. The story is still a great one .. two women road-tripping together are pushed into a streak of crime by a sequence of guys and the ending is just glorious. It just hasn't aged all that well (the 80s are cute and anything before that is classic, but the 90s are just not a good period of fashion/culture imo .. maybe because I was a teenager in the 90s?).

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This is great action - a road-movie but the difference from so many others is that this has two girls in the lead - this gives some different points and is very refreshing.

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Small Louise Elizabeth Sawyer
Small Thelma Yvonne Dickinson
Small Investigator Hal Slocumb
Small J.D.
Small Jimmy Lennox
Small Darryl Dickinson
Small Max
No_movie_poster Harlan
No_movie_poster Lena
No_movie_poster Albert


Small Ridley Scott Director
Small Hans Zimmer Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Louis DiGiaimo Casting
No_movie_poster Elizabeth McBride Costume Design
No_movie_poster Adrian Biddle Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Lisa Dean Art Direction
No_movie_poster Anne H. Ahrens Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Callie Khouri Screenplay
No_movie_poster Mimi Polk Gitlin Producer
No_movie_poster Thom Noble Editor
No_movie_poster Norris Spencer Production Design
Small Ridley Scott Production
No_movie_poster Thom Noble Editing


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


Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) is a passive housewife, married to a controlling man, Darryl (Christopher McDonald). Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) is a single waitress who appears strong, organized, and stern, with some unspecified trauma in her past. The two head out in Louise's 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible for a two-day vacation in the mountains that quickly turns into a nightmare before they reach their destination.

They stop for a drink at a cowboy bar, where Thelma meets and dances with Harlan Puckett (Timothy Carhart). She gets drunk and Harlan attempts to rape her in the parking lot. Louise finds them and threatens to shoot Harlan with a gun Thelma brought with her. Harlan stops, but as the women walk away, he yells profanity and insults them. Louise loses her temper and fires, killing him. Thelma wants to go to the police, but Louise says that because Thelma was drunk and had been dancing with Harlan, no one will believe he tried to rape her. Afraid that she will be prosecuted, Louise decides to run away and Thelma accompanies her.

Louise is determined to travel from Oklahoma to Mexico, but refuses to go through Texas. It is revealed that something happened to her in Texas years earlier, but she refuses to say exactly what. Heading west, they come across a young man named J.D. (Brad Pitt), and Thelma convinces Louise to let him hitch a ride with them. Louise contacts her boyfriend Jimmy Lennox (Michael Madsen) and asks him to send her life savings via Western Union. When she goes to pick up the money, she finds that Jimmy has come to see her. Thelma invites J.D. into her room and learns he is a thief who has broken parole. They sleep together, and J.D. describes how he conducted his hold-ups. Jimmy asks Louise to marry him, but she politely refuses.

In the morning, Thelma tells Louise about her night with J.D. Louise asks where J.D. is, and they find that he is gone with the money. Louise is distraught and frozen with indecision, so a guilty Thelma takes charge and robs a convenience store using the tactics she learned from listening to J.D. Meanwhile, the FBI are getting closer to catching the fugitives after questioning J.D., Jimmy, and Darryl. Detective Hal Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) discovers the event that Louise experienced in Texas, and during a couple of brief phone conversations, expresses sympathy for her predicament and pledges to protect her, but he is unsuccessful in his attempts to persuade her to surrender.

When a state trooper (Jason Beghe) stops them, Thelma threatens him with her gun, steals his gun, and locks him in the trunk of his cruiser. They encounter a truck driver (Marco St. John) who repeatedly makes obscene gestures at them. They pull over to demand an apology, but when he refuses, they fire at the tanker the truck is towing, causing it to explode.

Thelma and Louise are finally cornered by the police officers only 100 yards from the edge of the Grand Canyon. Detective Slocumb arrives on the scene, but he is refused the chance to make one last attempt to talk the women into surrendering themselves. Rather than be captured and spend the rest of their lives in jail, Thelma proposes that they keep going. Louise asks Thelma if she is certain. Thelma says yes and steps on the accelerator. As soon as the car starts forward, Detective Slocumb sprints after it in an attempt to save them, but the car drives over the cliff as the film ends.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1991-05-24 : United States of America

DVD : 1997-11-19

DVD : 2003-02-04