Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Michael Cimino (1974)

109min
X Certificate
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This marvellous crime drama marked the directing debut of Michael Cimino, who later distinguished himself with The Deer Hunter and then didn't with Heaven's Gate. Clint Eastwood plays the bank robber who teams up with drifter Jeff Bridges, and, with George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis (father of Juliette) in pursuit, goes on a hapless quest for hidden loot. Unusually, Eastwood takes a bit of a back seat and lets the other three walk away with the acting honours, particularly Oscar-nominated Bridges who is terrific as the charismatic Lightfoot. The scenery is handsome and the roll call of technicians would later feature in some of Eastwood's own fine work as a director. If you can ignore its rather tasteless sense of humour, this movie is enormously enjoyable.

Summary

Retired bank robber John Doherty escapes a gunman with the aid of a young car thief, and together they go in search of the loot from the former crook's last job. When they discover the stash is missing - and John's thuggish old partners are also looking for it - the pair decide to do a repeat robbery. Comedy drama, starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis.

Cast & Crew

John "Thunderbolt" Doherty Clint Eastwood
"Lightfoot" Jeff Bridges
Red Leary George Kennedy
Goody Geoffrey Lewis
Melody Catherine Bach
Curly Gary Busey
Vault manager Jack Dodson
Tourist Gene Elman
Tourist Lila Teigh
Welder Burton Gilliam
Dunlop Roy Jenson
Crazy driver Bill McKinney
Mario Pinski Vic Tayback
Station attendant Dub Taylor
Gloria June Fairchild
Director Michael Cimino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy