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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 24 May 1974 (USA)
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With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director:

Michael Cimino

Writer:

Michael Cimino
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Thunderbolt
Jeff Bridges ... Lightfoot
Geoffrey Lewis ... Eddie Goody
Catherine Bach ... Melody
Gary Busey ... Curly (as Garey Busey)
Jack Dodson ... Vault Manager
Eugene Elman Eugene Elman ... Tourist (as Gene Elman)
Burton Gilliam ... Welder
Roy Jenson ... Dunlop
Claudia Lennear ... Secretary
Bill McKinney ... Crazy Driver
Vic Tayback ... Mario Pinski
Dub Taylor ... Station Attendant
Gregory Walcott ... Used Car Salesman
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Waitress
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Storyline

Seven years after a daring bank robbery involving an anti-tank gun used to blow open a vault, the robbery team temporarily puts aside their mutual suspicions to repeat the crime after they are unable to find the loot from the original heist, hidden behind a school chalkboard. The hardened artilleryman and his flippant, irresponsible young sidekick are the two wild cards in the deck of jokers. Written by <booda@datasync.com>

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Taglines:

HE HAS EXACTLY SEVEN MINUTES TO GET RICH QUICK! (original poster-ALL CAPS) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot See more »

Filming Locations:

Choteau, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,700,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The dangerous stunt where Clint Eastwood leapt onto a speeding car being driven by Jeff Bridges and hooks his leg inside the car window while holding onto the door handle was performed by Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

Although no dates are explicitly stated or shown regarding the action in the film, the license plate on the new car bought by Thunderbolt does have "1973" on it. Also, the sign outside the schoolhouse said it was only open June through August, so the film's story must happen in either June, July or August of 1973. The calendar on the wall of the Western Union office showed the 30th falling on a Saturday. In 1973, the only month where the 30th fell on a Saturday was June, so the film's story logically must be happening in June 1973. However, in an earlier scene at a diner, a folded newspaper near Thunderbolt shows an article headline that dates from November 1973. See more »

Quotes

Lightfoot: [Eyeing the clothes in the back of the car they've just stolen] Hey, look at this, man. It's like they got a whole department store back here. I like that.
John Doherty: Yeah... Those clothes and your mouth, you could be a big man.
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Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »

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Where Do I Go from Here
Composed by Paul Williams
Performed by Paul Williams
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Beyond buddies.
9 March 2004 | by pdagnilloSee all my reviews

I think this movie gets lost in all the commercial Clint Eastwood vehicles,it far surpasses most of his 70's attempts. This is mostly due to Cimino's script and Bridges acting and honest words.This is far more than a buddy picture,rather one of the greatest love stories on film(all homosexual connotations aside),taking the male relationship in film to new levels because of the contrast of characters and there immediate like for one another.Skipped is most of the bickering used in lessor buddy flicks instead great interaction between the two and Clint still gets to shine as one of the coolest tough guys of the 70's.Great cinematography coupled with beautiful backdrops and a fine supporting cast make this a must see.


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