Thelma & Louise

Selected by the Writers Branch. 

Callie Khouri’s original screenplay, which won the 1991 Academy Award, reinvented both the buddy film and the road movie as it told the story of its eponymous heroines, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, respectively, who find themselves on the run across the American desert. Davis and Sarandon were both nominated for Best Actress, the most recent instance in Academy Award history two actors from the same film have been nominated in the category. Ridley Scott was nominated for his typically stylish direction, and the ace supporting cast included Harvey Keitel as an unexpectedly sympathetic policeman and Brad Pitt as an especially exciting detour. 

Director: Ridley Scott. Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen. 1991. 128 min. USA. Color. Scope. English. 35mm. New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.  

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