Film: Thelma & Louise

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Thelma & Louise

Director: Ridley Scott
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Distributor: MGM (Video & DVD)

Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott’s 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri’s screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a…

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Thelma & Louise is a feminist manifesto writ large on the big screen, a smart and funny gender reversal of the standard Hollywood buddy formula, a road movie extraordinaire, with characters who became instant cultural icons. No matter how you define it, Ridley Scott’s 1991 box-office hit pinched a nerve and made the cover of national news magazines for tweaking gender politics like no movie before or since. Callie Khouri’s screenplay overhauls the buddy formula with its story about two best friends (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a liberating adventure that turns into an interstate police chase after a traumatic incident makes both women into fugitives; they are en route to a destiny they could never have imagined. The perfect casting of Sarandon and Davis makes Thelma & Louise a movie for the ages, and Brad Pitt became an overnight star after his appearance as the con-artist cowboy who gives Davis a memorable (but costly) night in a roadside motel. —Jeff Shannon

Barnes and Noble

Does Thelma & Louise make a serious statement about feminine empowerment, or is it just a good old-fashioned road movie with female protagonists? That’s the question that has been debated ever since this wildly popular movie first hit the big screen in 1991. An Oscar winner for screenwriter Callie Khouri, Thelma & Louise also garnered Academy Award nominations for director Ridley Scott (Alien) and costars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. These loyal friends throw off society’s shackles and turn a weekend road trip into a gen-yoo-wine odyssey—and they both turn in remarkable work. Arkansas housewife Thelma (Sarandon) and sexy waitress Louise (Davis) first get into trouble when they hit a roadside honky-tonk. Before you know it, they’ve killed a would-be rapist and turned their joy ride into a major crime spree. Alternately serious and silly, this unassuming little movie became a bona fide cultural phenomenon. It still holds up, too: Like most pictures of its kind, Thelma & Louise exudes reckless exhilaration. It’s not, as some still maintain, about women versus men—it’s about freedom. It’s spiffed up on the Special Edition DVD with a new transfer and accompanied by 30 minutes of recently rediscovered footage and an alternate ending. It also includes two different commentaries, one by Scott and the other by Sarandon, Davis, and Khouri. (Scott also comments during the deleted scenes.) The film’s alternate ending, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, and a Glenn Frey music video round out this very attractive and appealing package. Ed Hulse

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