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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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86

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 3

This likable buddy/road picture deftly mixes action and comedy, and features excellent work from stars Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges and first-time director Michael Cimino.

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Critic Reviews: 4
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This likable buddy/road picture deftly mixes action and comedy, and features excellent work from stars Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges and first-time director Michael Cimino.

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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

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Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Michael Cimino

Jun 13, 2000

MGM/UA Distribution

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Debuting director Michael Cimino obtains superior performances from Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis and especially Jeff Bridges.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The likeable result, made for and with the personnel of Eastwood's Malpaso Company, looks like a throwaway Eastwood vehicle.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Eastwood team has pulled off a modest enjoyable winner.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Cimino was already making an aesthetic of inarticulateness, and the film is by turns surly, incoherent, and provocatively mysterious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Eastwood e Bridges estabelecem uma boa dinâmica, mas é este último, com uma composição jovial e inconseqüente, quem dá alma a um filme menor, mas ainda assim divertido.

May 30, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Eastwood is in good, if not great form, Bridges steals the whole show, and Cimino displays a sense of unpretentious fun and appealing grasp of character that should have held him in good stead for a lengthy career. It didn't.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A multifaceted caper film told in fine detail with richly developed characters.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Cimino is so into making his images glow that he forgets to make the film move.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A fun classic, the likes of which they don't make anymore

March 11, 2006
Moviehole

Early Cimino shows promise to come.

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

...a simple story with interesting characters, told in a laid-back fashion.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Eastwood's best non-western movie and Cimino's great debut as writer-director.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

So-so medium budget actioner for the drive-in set

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Remember seeing this as a kid and loving it. I don't know if it still holds up, but I loved it way back when.

August 16, 2002
Supercala.com

Slight and sweet.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a pretty solid movie that doesn't quite live up to expectations but is definitely worthy of being called an underrated classic. It's a surprisingly laid back movie with great chemistry between Eastwood and Bridges. The first half with all its randomness before the heist gets planned was the stronger part of the movie. And the job sequences were pretty fun too. The cast is generally great and I can't decide if Gary Busey was creepier now or then. The ending's kind of a downer but the scenery and cinematography more than make up for it. And I never thought I'd say that Jeff Bridges makes a pretty girl but he was doing something right...
November 25, 2008
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Cocksure drifter Jeff Bridges forms a bond with ex-bank robber Clint Eastwood and they hatch a plot to rob an armoured depository. One of Clint's lesser known efforts, this is a solid buddy cum heist movie with an unusually laid back tone. The cast of 70s stalwarts are all good, particularly the relationship between wise ass Bridges and brutal sociopath George Kennedy with whom they form an uneasy alliance. There's a lot of easy going comedy embellished with period Americana and a cast of characters that are quirky without trying too hard. The films attitude towards women can be described as "quaint" at best and it's not one for the action junkie, but it has a nice downbeat ending to counterpoint the comic tone of the rest of the film and it's worth seeing for the redneck with a car boot full of rabbits alone!
August 6, 2008
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A crisp, witty, tough and superby cast caper movie.
October 29, 2006
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