Sonoma International Film Festival


Thursday, August 11

Film at dusk
at the Sonoma Plaza Amphitheatre
Admission: FREE! 

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 film co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri. The film's plot revolves around Thelma and Louise's escape from their troubled and caged lives. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, and co-stars Harvey Keitel as a sympathetic detective trying to trace them as they go on the run after killing a rapist. Michael Madsen plays the role of Louise's boyfriend. Brad Pitt (in his first significant role in a major Hollywood film) plays a paroled robber.

Watch the movie trailer.

See 2011 SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Susan Sarandon discussing this and other roles.

Thelma & Louise became an instant critical and commercial success, receiving six Academy Award nominations, winning one for Best Original Screenplay (Khouri). Both Sarandon and Davis were nominated for their roles in the Best Actress category, which was won by Jodie Foster for her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.

Janet Maslin of The New York Times, like many other critics, had nothing bad to say about the film in her 1992 review: "Mr. Scott's Thelma and Louise, with a sparkling screenplay by the first-time writer Callie Khouri, is a surprise on this and many other scores. It reveals the previously untapped talent of Mr. Scott (best known for majestically moody action films like Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain) for exuberant comedy, and for vibrant American imagery, notwithstanding his English roots. It reimagines the buddy film with such freshness and vigor that the genre seems positively new. It discovers unexpected resources in both its stars, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, who are perfectly teamed as the spirited and original title characters."

— from Wikipedia

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