Thelma and Louise


(out of 5)

So much has been said and written about this film and its politics since it was first released in 1991 that it’s a relief to watch it again and realize that it was all worth it. Ridley Scott’s brilliant road movie works on all levels: it’s a thoughtful and provocative examination of women’s issues in a world that encourages shame in situations of sexual victimization, and at the same time it’s a monumentally enjoyable and dark adventure about two gals, a convertible and a wide open road.  and are both top-notch as two southern ladies who start out on a trip towards a friend’s cottage for the weekend but  decide to stop at a roadside saloon for drinks.  When Davis nearly gets raped in the parking lot by a guy who picks her up, Sarandon defends her and, owing to the dubious circumstances that result, the two go on a country-wide trip (and crime spree) that forces them to reevaluate their dysfunctional relationships with their men.  They also take a second look at their own bond of friendship, for while some critics have accused the film of male-bashing, it actually seeks to examine the culture of southern women and their own judgments of each other and themselves (something that writer Callie Khouri’s next screenplay, Something To Talk Aboutwould do under lighter circumstances).

USA/France, 1991

Directed by Ridley Scott

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Academy Award
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Callie Khouri)

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Geena Davis as “Thelma”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Susan Sarandon as “Louise”)
Best Cinematography (Adrian Biddle)
Best Directing (Ridley Scott)
Best Film Editing (Thom Noble)

Golden Globe Award
Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Geena Davis)
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Susan Sarandon)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actress (Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon)
Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Geena Davis)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Harvey Keitel)

Best Actress (Susan Sarandon)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actress (Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon)
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award
Best Original Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Ridley Scott

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Geena Davis)
Best Actress (Susan Sarandon)
Best Direction (Ridley Scott)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Film Score

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Geena Davis)



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