Michael Cimino’s film directing debut Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a funny, well-paced story of an ex-con (Clint Eastwood) who teams up with a young drifter (Jeff Bridges). Eastwood’s old partners (George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis) believe that he’s hiding money from their last heist, and once he convinces them not to kill them both, Bridges decides that the only way to get the money back is to pull off the same robbery, using the same means. The heist blows up (literally) and Eastwood is left alone, but rich. Bridges’s happy-go-lucky, would-be thief leaps off the screen.
Prior to making his directorial debut with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Cimino had written the screenplays for the science-fiction saga Silent Running (1972) and Magnum Force (1973) also with Eastwood.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey, George Kennedy, Roy Jenson, Gene Elman, Burton Gilliam, Claudia Lennear, Bill McKinney, Vic Tayback, Dub Taylor, Gregory Walcott, Erica Hagen, Luanne Roberts
Writer and Director: Michael Cimino
Producer: Robert Daley
Composer: Dee Barton
Production Designer: Tambi Larsen
Director of Photography: Frank Stanley
Production Companies: United Artists, Malpaso Productions, Malpaso Company, The
Release Date: 23 May 1974
Running Time: 115 minutes
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: United States of America
Tagline: Thunderbolt… the man with the reputation. Lightfoot… the kid who’s about to make one!