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Thelma & Louise

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Original title
Thelma & Louise
Running time
128 min.
United States United States
Callie Khouri
Hans Zimmer
Adrian Biddle
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Drama | Road Movie. Crime. Friendship. Feminism
Synopsis / Plot
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 because of Callie Khourie's vivid, brilliantly idiosyncratic script, wonderful performances from the two leads, and Adrian's Biddle's crisp photography of the American Southwest.
1991: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 6 Nominations
1991: Golden Globes: Best Original Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1991: 8 BAFTA Nominations, including Best Film, Director and Actress (Davis & Sarandon)
1991: Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
1991: Cannes Film Festival: Official selection (Out of competition)
1991: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1991: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Sarandon and Davis). 3 nominations
1991: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best actress (Sarandon & Davis)
1991: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Sarandon & Davis) & Screenplay
1991: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1991: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1991: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
1991: Chicago Film Critics Association: 6 Nom., incl. Best Picture & Director
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