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 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
Brad Pitt - American actor/producer, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
William Bradley Pitt - American actor/producer, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
Harvey Keitel - American Actor/Producer
Michael Madsen - Actor, RESEVOIR DOGS/KILL BILL VOL. 2
Christopher McDonald - American Actor
Susan Sarandon - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Susan Tomaling - Oscar winning actress, DEAD MAN WALKING
Geena Davis - Oscar-winning American actress, THELMA & LOUISE
Virginia Elizabeth Davis - Oscar-winning American actress, THELMA & LOUISE
Adrian Biddle - Director Of Photography, AN AMERICAN HAUNTING (2006)
Ridley Scott - British Director/Producer, ALIEN (1979), BLADE RUNNER (1982)
Callie Khouri - Screenwriter - "Thelma & Louise"
Timothy Carhart - Supporting Actor
In Ridley Scott's THELMA & LOUISE, two Arkansas women take off for a simple weekend free of men and wind up outlaws blazing a cathartic trail across America.
"...Movie dynamite, detonated by award-caliber performances from Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon....This wincingly funny, pertinent and heartbreaking road movie means to get under your skin, and it does..." - 04/18/1991 Rolling Stone, p.97-8
"...Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon get good mileage out of their roles..." - 07/01/1991 Sight and Sound, p.55-6
"...THELMA & LOUISE is a funny, provocative, on-the-road buddy pic about some existential choices..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 05/24/1991 USA Today, p.1D
"...Provocative, poignant and heartbreakingly funny....It manages its success almost offhandedly, with a casual grace..." - 05/24/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...A buddy flick about two fully realized female characters....Personal vision and Hollywood rules can combine to surprising effect..." - 02/07/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.59