Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
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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 (Geoffrey Lewis), get to it first, but all four are too late; the one-room schoolhouse… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Debuting director Michael Cimino obtains superior performances from Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis and especially Jeff Bridges."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Cimino was already making an aesthetic of inarticulateness, and the film is by turns surly, incoherent, and provocatively mysterious."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A multifaceted caper film told in fine detail with richly developed characters."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Early Cimino shows promise to come."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"So-so medium budget actioner for the drive-in set"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The likeable result, made for and with the personnel of Eastwood's Malpaso Company, looks like a throwaway Eastwood vehicle."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Cimino is so into making his images glow that he forgets to make the film move."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...a simple story with interesting characters, told in a laid-back fashion."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ John Venable,
"The Eastwood team has pulled off a modest enjoyable winner."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"A fun classic, the likes of which they don't make anymore"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Eastwood's best non-western movie and Cimino's great debut as writer-director."
‑ , Film4
"Slight and sweet."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, Apollo Guide
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