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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Region 2)

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Seminal filmmaker Michael Cimino directed his first feature with Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridgesbefore going on to direct such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate. Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his role in this action-filled crime caper in which he plays Lightfoot, the naïve sidekick to the veteran bank robber Thunderbolt (Eastwood). The two revisit an old crime site after losing the loot the first time and decide to retrieve the stash. But some of the original robbers have different plans and it soon becomes every man for himself... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach
  • Directors: Michael Cimino
  • Writers: Michael Cimino
  • Producers: Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Region 2)" on IMDb

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Overlooked Eastwood gem has Clint as a thief on the run from former partners in crime (George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis), who mistakingly think he has the loot from their last heist ten years before. He hooks up with young drifter (Bridges) who's eager to join Eastwood in a life of crime. Clint finally convinces Kennedy and Lewis that the money was lost. Undaunted, the happy foursome decide to "re-pull" the same robbery. Great change of pace for Eastwood and Jeff Bridges all but steals the show. Great location shooting in Idaho and Montana and film hasn't lost any originality twenty seven years later. Even though they aren't cops, this is probably one of the first buddy films. Lots of action and laughs, and most definitely worth a look. Look for Gary Busey and Catherine Bach of "The Dukes of Hazzard". Eastwood and Kennedy returned the following year in "The Eiger Sanction."
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How times change. Back in 1974, after paying his dues co-writing Silent Running and Magnum Force, Michael Cimino was one of the most promising new directors on the scene thanks to his directorial debut Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In 1978 he was an Oscar winner whose place in movie history seemed assured by The Deer Hunter. Two years later he was the poster boy for directorial excess and hubris in the wake of the unjustly maligned Heaven’s Gate. Now he’s unemployable.

Thunderbolt’s once-sterling reputation seems to have fallen victim alongside Cimino’s career. It’s become one of the less-remembered films from the days when Clint Eastwood ruled the box-office yet it holds up as one of the best pictures of its over-rated decade, managing the neat trick of both delivering what the audience wants and subverting their expectations at the same time. Eastwood plays a crook on the run from ex-partners in crime George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis (often hysterically funny here) who teams up with Jeff Bridges' extrovert drifter to retrieve the loot from a previous robbery only to find his old accomplices tagging along and things – naturally – not going at all to plan. It’s an almost perfectly judged mixture of comedy and action with both feet firmly on the ground despite the more absurd moments in a way that would be almost unthinkable today. There's a real rapport between the outstanding cast and an affection for the characters that adds to the impact of the very Seventies ending – not only is the central pairing of Eastwood’s old hand and Bridges’ cocksure kid far more convincing and genuinely affecting than it has any right to be, but Kennedy and Lewis’ untrustworthy partners in crime are beautifully drawn too.
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Four years before "The Deer Hunter" and six years before the disastrous "Heaven's Gate," Michael Cimino broke through as a writer/director with this somewhat rambling but engaging and quirky heist film starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, and George Kennedy. A bank robbery gone wrong has left Eastwood laying low, pretending to be a preacher in a small town. When an old partner hunts him down, he narrowly escapes with the help of a small-time thief named Lightfoot (Bridges). The two become partners, but are soon forced to join up with two more of Eastwood's old cronies (Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis). Together, the four set about executing the same bank robbery that failed several years earlier.

Bridges received an Oscar nomination for his offbeat portrayal of a free-spirited and charismatic young con artist, while Kennedy is an angry, ticking time bomb that you just know will eventually explode and screw things up. Much of the film is light and comical, with a veiled commentary about the aimlessness of America's post-Vietnam generation. The ending is surprisingly poignant, however, and the movie features an underrated Eastwood performance and a great recurring Paul Williams song on the soundtrack. Look for early roles by Gary Busey as Bridges' boss on a construction crew, and Catherine Bach (the one and only Daisy Duke) as a girl Lightfoot rather creatively picks up at a bar.
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By A Customer on December 19, 1999
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Well, aside from being a total classic, this movie is all at once, touching, funny, exciting, moving, and riveting. It is the ultimate entertaining film. It has something for everyone. Car chases, guns, girls, beer, fistfights, guys in drag, and yes, a trunkfull of rabbits... who could ever ask for more? eastwood and particularly jeff bridges are excellent, especially at the end of the film. his nomination is well deserved. see this movie if you want to be entertained, but not insulted. good stuff.
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I first saw this movie when it was relatively new, as a kid. For me, it has the same chemistry it did then. I'm a fan of most of Eastwood's movies, but credit is due to the rest of the cast for making the puzzle pieces fit in this action flick. They make sense together in this film, and have a credibility as a working "crew", lacking in so many others in the same genre.
I've always liked Eastwood's unapologetic, tough guy with a heart persona we see in many of his roles, and this one is no exception. In this lesser known work, Jeff Bridges also shines, as the smart mouthed sidekick. With George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis to round out the group, the movie has an excellent balance of personalities, and styles. With car chases, shootouts, great cast, and a good plot line, it's a solid film.
Another aspect of this one that makes it more enjoyable to me, is that it doesn't evidence the hand wringing, cautious, filmmaking of today. To me, the movies of the 70's were much bolder than new production films. How many times have you seen a movie, sit com, drama, etc. made 20+ years ago, and thought " they wouldn't get away with that now". Of course they wouldn't, because someone is waiting to complain about something they see or hear, so they can start the next twitter campaign to shut them down, and the tactic frequently works. Pathetic.
For those of us that enjoy the escapism of a good 70's action flick, this one delivers.
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