Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
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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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The first scene has a gunman blasting into a church and shooting at Thunderbolt. Then the gunman is struck by a car going 60 miles per hour. Where were the police after that? Not to mention where were the police once the Camaro or Trans Am was reported stolen? Then later on Thunderbolt's "friends" attempt to gun him and his new buddy down after they emerge from a diner. The cops would have been on that like white on rice--even in the 1970's. This is a major plot hole which in my opinion knocks a Star from the Rating.
Despite the above plot problems I liked the characters. As Leonard Maltin said Jeff Bridges does steal the show. I was saddened to see that he had died by the end of the film. It was the kick in the head from Red that did him in not the beating itself. Ironically, the double-cross by Red helped Thunderbolt & Lightfoot because Red became a decoy which allowed them to escape when all of the police resources converged on the car driven by Red.
I recommend this film and I'm the 251st person to review it. Buy it and you will like it.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
The movie is a hard-hitting drama of the type that was a staple of its era and in addition to a young Eastwood as the "Thunderbolt", it also marks one of the early film roles of Jeff Bridges in the role of the young hustler "Lightfoot" who has stumbled into more than he bargained for with a cast of hardened badasses out of the era before political correctness diluted the true macho men of filmdom.
Veteran actor George Kennedy's role as Korean vet turned hardened criminal steals the show as much as Bridges and it is only fitting that the two are hurtling towards a stunning and tragic conclusion that has murderous consequences for the generational gap between the two.
Director Michael Cimino makes good use of the brilliant scenery and gets the most out of an all-star cast. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is one of the lost classics of the 1970's and this treasure is a bargain on the DVD version. At least to a fan like myself who has always ranked this all-star caper among my favorite films of my formative years.
Its always been very hard to get a copy of it and its usually very high priced if you ever see one for sale. I liked it very much and I believe Bridges acting was outstanding. It was a thrill to watch at the drive in upon its original release and oh' how I sure do miss those days. What a blast it was to be there back then.