Academy Awards 1991 -
Best Original Screenplay: Callie Khouri
Rolling Stone - 04/18/1991
"...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..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1991
"...Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon get good mileage out of their roles..."
USA Today - 05/24/1991
"...THELMA & LOUISE is a funny, provocative, on-the-road buddy pic about some existential choices..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 05/24/1991
"...Provocative, poignant and heartbreakingly funny....It manages its success almost offhandedly, with a casual grace..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/07/2003
"...A buddy flick about two fully realized female characters....Personal vision and Hollywood rules can combine to surprising effect..."
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.
Directed by action master Ridley Scott (Hannibal, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) from an Oscar®-winning* screenplay by Callie Khouri, Thelma & Louise is an "exhilarating" (The Washington Post), full-throttle adventure hailed as one of the best road movies of all time! Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Harvey Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey even as the law closes in.
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.