Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Region 2)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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There are three movies I saw as a kid in the 70's that really stuck in my head for the unique action, plots, or scene's that made me ask questions. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Leo Hott
All time 70's era classic. They don't make em like this anymore.Published 1 month ago by joseph babros
These are 2 of my favorite actors Bridges and Eastwood. I like the movie, will watch it again.Published 1 month ago by Rando
A true guys film, T&L mixes in wild freedom with some old fashion bank robber excitement. The part when the crazy redneck picks them up hitch hiking is hilarious! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank