THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT (1974)
Directed and Written by Michael Cimino
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis
Viewed on Netflix, Great transfer
“Drop Your Cocks and reach for your socks”
“Man, I’m going crazy. That drives me wild. She just does something to me”
Man this is such a cool 1970’s flick. Tons of action, cool old cars (car chases), and strange 70’s dark humor. This is Cimino’s directing debut (he was only 35 when he made this one). Prior to this he’d only ever written Silent Running and Magnum Force.
Clint is by far my all-time favorite actor. His filmography to me is simply incredible. In this film it seems he’s trying to break his many years of being typecast.
This is known to many as a “buddy” movie. The story is that of ex bank robber (Clint) who mistakenly runs into a petty loser thief (Jeff Bridges). The two travel with one another through the West and quickly become fond of one another. After a run in with his ex bank robbing gang (who are after him and a supposed stash of cash) Clint gets the old gang back together (plus the petty thief loser) for one last heist. Of course things don’t go as planned. George Kennedy (Red), and Geoffrey Lewis (Goody) are hilariously dumb, and brutal and Kennedy might steal the entire show. Its easily his best work.
Jeff Bridges clothes in this are amazingly atrocious. Watch this now. (NW)
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