Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Blu-ray)
Thunderbolt… the man with the reputation. Lightfoot… the kid who's about to make one!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: November 12, 2019
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: 1920x1080p
- Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
- For the Love of Characters - featurette with Michael Cimino
- 60 second and 30 second TV spots
- 60 second Radio spot
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Clint Eastwood & Jeff Bridges|
|Performer:||George Kennedy, Burton Gilliam, Gary Busey, Catherine Bach, Jack Dodson, Vic Tayback & Geoffrey Lewis|
|Directed by||Michael Cimino|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Screenwriting by||Michael Cimino|
|Composition by||Dee Barton|
|Art Direction by||Tambi Larsen|
|Produced by||Robert Daley|
|Director of Photography:||Frank Stanley|
[Bridges] steals the movie from the superstar lead...
Cimino was already making an aesthetic of inarticulateness, and the film is by turns surly, incoherent, and provocatively mysterious. Full Review
The likeable result, made for and with the personnel of Eastwood's Malpaso Company, looks like a throwaway Eastwood vehicle. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot' has the ingredients of a high-dollar buddy comedy, but it also steers toward quieter, more mature territory that ultimately gives it greater cinematic electricity. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A multifaceted caper film told in fine detail with richly developed characters. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- 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. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The Eastwood team has pulled off a modest enjoyable winner. Full Review
New York Times
Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges star in Michael Cimino's brilliant directorial debut. This well-written film, featuring strong performances, is about a complex caper in which Bridges plays a young drifter who teams up with an ex-con (Eastwood) and his former partners in crime to restage a difficult safecracking heist. Conveyed in a tone that mixes dramatic and comic elements, the film is a rich blend of engaging characters and action.
Michael Cimino's first picture follows in the tradition of such films as BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, telling the tale of two outlaws, their friendship, and a robbery that goes awry. The story begins with Eastwood's character, an ex-con and present-day cowtown preacher who is hiding away from his old partners from a previous caper whose loot was hidden and has since disappeared. Eastwood's partners believe he has conned them out of their share, so Eastwood finds himself reluctantly teaming up with Jeff Bridges's character, a young drifter who can help him escape. The escape fails, Eastwood convinces his pursuers of his innocence, and the five men find themselves contemplating a repeat caper performance, masterminded by Bridges. Detached from the world and yet desperate for friendship, the characters of THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT are a clear precursor to Cimino's seminal film, THE DEER HUNTER.
- Theatrical Release: May 22, 1974
- THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT was Michael Cimino's first directorial effort.
- Clint Eastwood was responsible for Cimino getting the opportunity to direct.
- Cimino also wrote the script for THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT.
- Jeff Bridges's Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor was his second, following a nomination in 1972 for THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. He was nominated in 1984 as Best Actor for STARMAN.
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