Thelma & Louise
Release year: 1991
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Callie Khouri
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Brad Pitt, Stephen Tobolowsky
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 5 Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Susan Sarandon), Best Actress (Geena Davis), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing. 1 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay. 3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Drama, Best Actress (Geena Davis), Best Actress (Susan Sarandon).
Best friends Louise (Sarandon) and Thelma (Davis) go on a trip, determined to have some fun. But unfortunate events mean they are soon running from the law.
Strong female characters are no stranger to director Ridley Scott who gave us Ripley in Alien (1979) and with this he gives us another two strong female characters. What starts out as a girly trip evolves into a genuine road trip/crime spree, with the typical masculine roles replaced with two women. As the story moves on, Thelma and Louise evolves with and as they fight back against the chauvanistic males the meet, they are more and more liberated and, ironically, more and more masculine in their behavior. This is the first script from Khouri, making it an even more amazing effort, as the story is a sparkling look into modern day America (despite its age, the themes are unfortunately still very current today) with rich, vibrant characters. At the time, Scott has mostly made movies with moody atmosphere, but with Thelma & Louise he has made a colourful picture of the glory of American nature and a warm portrait of friendship and love. Despite an excellent script that is well-directed, the movie wouldn’t be what it is today, if it wasn’t for two actresses capable of bringing the title characters to life. Both Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995) and Davis (The Long Kiss Goodnight, 1996) deliver some of the very best performances of their career’s and has an instant grip of you, that makes sure you follow them to the now iconic end. The male characters are merely co-starring the leading ladies, even Pitt (Fight Club, 1999) whose career skyrocketed after his role as the seducing cowboy, making this a very feminine movie despite it’s crime theme. But it is much more than that. It is a story about to spirited women, about friendship, love trouble and about taking control of your own life. It is a modern classic.
Tori Amos was inspired to write the song ‘Me and a Gun’ after watching Thelma & Louise. The song is about an episode where she was raped at the age of 21.
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