Thelma and Louise
Thelma: You’re a real live outlaw, aren’t ya?
J.D.: Well I may be an outlaw, darlin’, but you’re the one stealing my heart.
Thelma: I don’t ever remember feeling this awake.
J.D.: Well now, I’ve always believed that if done properly, armed robbery doesn’t have to be a totally unpleasant experience.
1965 Ford Thunderbird
For 1964 the Thunderbird was restyled in favor of a more squared-off, ‘formal’ look. The Thunderbird’s sporty image had by that time become only an image. The standard 390-cubic-inch 300 bhp (224 kW) V8 engine needed nearly 11 seconds to push the heavy T-bird to 60 mph (96 km/h), although with enough room a top speed of about 120 mph (200 km/h) was obtainable.
Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) is married to a controlling man, Darryl (Christopher McDonald). Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) is a strong and organized waitress. The two head out in Louise’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible for a two-day vacation in the mountains that quickly turns into a nightmare before they reach their destination.
The sequence where Darryl slips and falls over on the builder’s supplies as he is leaving for work was unscripted, as Christopher McDonald genuinely lost his footing. Despite this he remained in character, yelling at the workmen as he got into the car and drove away. Ridley Scott apparently liked the result, and so it remains in the film
A total of five identical 1966 Thunderbird convertibles were used throughout the shoot: one ‘star car’, one camera car, one back-up car, and two stunt cars.
Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep wanted to make a movie together and Thelma & Louise was one of the scripts they considered. Ultimately, they decided to star in Death Becomes Her (1992) instead.
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