Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise
Crime, DramaAdventure
1991

Director: Ridley Scott CastSusan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Timothy Carhart

Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Susan Sarandon); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Geena Davis); Best Director (Ridley Scott); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird.

Quotables: LOUISE: I’m in deed shit; Deep Shit, Arkansas.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Thelma & Louise is a defining film in the feminist movement. The titular characters have been battered and beleaguered by men their whole lives. What starts as a vacation of fun and freedom turns into a cross-country chase, after Louise shoots a man who tries to rape Thelma.

More than once it’s mentioned that no one would have believed them, because Thelma had been dancing with him before. You can deny it all you like, but it’s true. We have created a culture that validates rape by blaming the victims at every turn. “She had been flirting with him all night.” “She didn’t stop him, so she must have secretly enjoyed it.” “She shouldn’t have been out by herself.” And the all too familiar: “What was she wearing?”

It sickens me that to this day – in 2015 – society still finds a way to justify a rapist and condemn their victims. It makes me angry that most women can’t walk down the street without being catcalled and jeered at. That’s why I’m grateful for movies like Thelma & Louise, movies that can empower women and encourage them to take a stand, until society wises up to the reality of this rape culture we live in.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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