Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Director: Michael Cimino Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy


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As much an eccentric character study as a road movie, Michael Cimino's directorial debut follows the adventures of a quartet of misfits in their life of crime. Retired thief Thunderbolt (Clint Eastwood) and sweet drifter Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges) meet cute when Thunderbolt jumps into Lightfoot's stolen car to escape a gunman. The pair embarks on an oddball journey to get Thunderbolt's loot from an old robbery before his former associates, the sadistic Red (George Kennedy) and cretinous Goody (Geoffrey Lewis), get to it first, but all four are too late; the one-room schoolhouse hiding place has apparently vanished. So instead, the four play house and work legit jobs while they plot to rob the same place Thunderbolt and Red hit before. Although the plan goes awry, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot discover that they may still have succeeded-or so they think. As the easy-going mediator between the two, Eastwood's Thunderbolt was a move away from his tough cop-westerner image; his audience accepted this then-atypical performance enough to turn Thunderbolt and Lightfoot into a moderate hit. Bridges received his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but Cimino turned down a subsequent deal with Eastwood, moving instead to his artistic peak with The Deer Hunter (1978) and career nadir with Heaven's Gate (1980).

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/1992
UPC: 0027616139238
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood John "Thunderbolt" Doherty
Jeff Bridges Lightfoot
George Kennedy Red Leary
Geoffrey Lewis Goody
Catherine Bach Melody
Gary Busey Curly
June Fairchild Gloria
Titos Vandis Counterman
Virginia Baker Actor
Jack Dodson Vault Manager
Gene Elman Tourist
Burton Gilliam Welder
Roy Jenson Dunlop
Claudia Lennear Secretary
Bill McKinney Crazy Driver
Vic Tayback Mario
Dub Taylor Station Attendant
Gregory Walcott Used Car Salesman
Erica Hagen Waitress
Alvin Childress Janitor
Stuart Nisbet Couple at Gas Station
Cliff Emmich Fat Man
Leslie Oliver Teenager
Mark Montgomery Teenager
Karen Lamm Girl on Motorcycle
Luanne Roberts Suburban Housewife

Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director,Screenwriter
Dee Barton Score Composer
Sass Bedig Special Effects
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Robert Daley Producer
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Charles Okun Asst. Director
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Stanley Cinematographer
Buddy Van Horn Stunts
Ferris Webster Editor
Paul Williams Stunts

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