Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 2, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This likable buddy/road picture deftly mixes action and comedy, and features excellent work from stars Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges and first-time director Michael Cimino.

Variety Staff

Debuting director Michael Cimino obtains superior performances from Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis and especially Jeff Bridges.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cimino was already making an aesthetic of inarticulateness, and the film is by turns surly, incoherent, and provocatively mysterious.

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

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.

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Time Out

The likeable result, made for and with the personnel of Eastwood's Malpaso Company, looks like a throwaway Eastwood vehicle.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Both Kennedy and Lewis turn in colorful performances, but it's Eastwood and Bridges' film, and their ill-defined, tender friendship makes the movie.

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TV Guide

A multifaceted caper film told in fine detail with richly developed characters.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

The Eastwood team has pulled off a modest enjoyable winner.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Rob Gonsalves

Cimino is so into making his images glow that he forgets to make the film move.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Former screenwriter Michael Cimino's debut behind the camera is a charming mixture of buddy/caper/road movie. A cinematography that enhances the beautiful… More
Great, great movie. Eastwood and Bridges in fine form. Interesting script, with some depressing moments and a moving ending. Watch out for the naked woman… More
Michael Gildea
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a pretty solid movie that doesn't quite live up to expectations but is definitely worthy of being called an underrated… More
Dean McKenna
A crisp, witty, tough and superby cast caper movie.
xGary Xx
Cocksure drifter Jeff Bridges forms a bond with ex-bank robber Clint Eastwood and they hatch a plot to rob an armoured depository. One of Clint's lesser… More
Danny Rovira
A smashing directorial debut for Michael Cimino who also wrote the spirited screenplay of this tough extremely enjoyable crime melodrama. Clint Eastwood and a… More