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Thelma & Louise (1991)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Thelma & Louise (1991)

In director Ridley Scott's great feminist road film:

  • the scene in the parking lot outside a roadside honky-tonk bar when hardened waitress Louise (Oscar-nominated Susan Sarandon), with her unhappy Arkansas housewife friend Thelma (Oscar-nominated Geena Davis), avenged and retaliated for Thelma's near rape by her slimy local redneck dance partner Harlan (Timothy Carhart) (who had taunted her "Suck my c--k"); Louise shot and killed him: ("It looks like you've got a real f--ked up idea of fun")
  • the fugitives' liberating drive to Mexico, through Utah's Monument Valley as part of their four-day odyssey
  • Thelma's encounter in motel room 133 with hitchhiker and petty thief hunk J.D. (Brad Pitt) - who was first viewed in the rear-view mirror, and later displayed how to use a gun (with a hair-dryer)
  • the scene of the two female fugitives as they tormented a leering, repulsive truck driver with a wiggling tongue when they shot out his tires and then blew up his gas truck for not apologizing - (his reaction: "Goddamn it, you bitches from hell!")
  • the bittersweet ending with its soaring freeze-frame finale when the road-movie buddies - after their flight across the Southwest to Mexico from cop Hal (Harvey Keitel) - drove their 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible off a Grand Canyon cliff toward ultimate freedom while holding hands after Thelma urged: "Let's just go for it"


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