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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1974
  • Michael Cimino (1)
  • 109 mins
  • X

Summary

Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. A bank robber teams up with a young drifter in a desperate bid to outrun his former partners-in-crime, who believe that he knows the location of the loot from their last robbery together.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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John "Thunderbolt" DohertyClint Eastwood
"Lightfoot"Jeff Bridges
Red LearyGeorge Kennedy
GoodyGeoffrey Lewis
MelodyCatherine Bach
CurlyGary Busey
Vault managerJack Dodson
TouristGene Elman
TouristLila Teigh
WelderBurton Gilliam
DunlopRoy Jenson
Crazy driverBill McKinney
Mario PinskiVic Tayback
Station attendantDub Taylor
GloriaJune Fairchild

Crew

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DirectorMichael Cimino (1)

Details

Released on
1974-11-15
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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