THELMA & LOUISE Is Roaring Back to Theaters

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Hang on tight and get ready for a wild ride – because on Aug. 21 and 24, the classic 1991 action-adventure THELMA & LOUISE is returning to movie theaters for two days only.

  1. Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri says the story came to her “in a flash” and she saw that, “through a series of accidents, they would go from being invisible to being too big for their world to contain”
  2. Thelma & Louise was Callie Khouri’s first produced screenplay
  3. George Clooney auditioned for the role of J.D. five times
  4. Brad Pitt had unsuccessfully auditioned for Backdraft before Ridley Scott saw him audition for J.D.
  5. Brad Pitt said he first became familiar with Ridley Scott when he was 15 years old and snuck in to a movie theater to see Alien
  6. Geena Davis says that she had her agent call Ridley Scott every week for a year before he agreed to consider her for one of the leading roles
  7. Initially, Geena Davis wanted to play the role of Louise, and had prepared for it – but in their first meeting with Susan Sarandon, both Davis and Ridley Scott say they knew she was Louise 
  8. Thelma & Louise takes place on the road from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon – but was filmed entirely in California and Utah 
  9. The “Grand Canyon” in the movie is actually Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah 
  10. The Oklahoma City motel where Thelma and Louise encounter J.D. still stands – in downtown Los Angeles: It’s the Vagabond Inn at 3101 S. Figueroa St. 
  11. Five identical 1966 Thunderbirds were used in production 
  12. Ridley Scott says the visual style of the film was strongly influenced by the still-life paintings of John Register 
  13. Thelma Dickerson’s birthday is November 27, 1956 – while screenwriter Callie Khouri’s real birthdate is November 27, 1957 
  14. Charlie Sexton performs two songs in the film, “Tennessee Plates” and “Badlands,” and has a cameo as the lead singer in the band playing in the bar 
  15. Geena Davis planned to use a body double for her sex scene with Brad Pitt, but when she saw models being interviewed, she decided to do the scene herself 
  16. Susan Sarandon says of her driving experience: “I got so sick of that car – it took me weeks to stop driving like a maniac!” 
  17. Although the film was shot out of order (as are most films), the final scene shot was the final scene in the movie: the car going off the cliff
  18. Producer Mimi Polk Gitlin said that the agreement with the film’s distributor specifically forbade changing the script’s ending 
  19. In addition to Callie Khouri’s Oscar-winning screenplay and nominations for Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise was nominated for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography
  20. Although he had directed such classics as Alien and Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise marked the first Oscar nomination for Ridley Scott 
  21. Thelma & Louise is one of only four films in which two lead performers were nominated as Best Actress; the others are All About Eve (1950), Suddenly Last Summer (1959), and Terms of Endearment (1983) 
  22. Thelma & Louise was a box-office hit, grossing $45 million in the U.S. (on a budget of $16.5 million)
  23. Thelma & Louise has become a pop-culture touchstone, and the countless references to it include lyrics in the song “Today 4 U” in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent 
  24. Thelma & Louise was featured on the cover of Time Magazine on June 24, 1991 – exactly one month after its release
  25. The American Film Institute has named Thelma Dickerson and Louise Sawyer to the list of 100 top film heroes. Together, they rank 24 … two spots above Superman 
Fathom Events, MGM and Park Circus present "Thelma & Louise" 25th Anniversary, coming to more than 400 select movie theaters nationwide for two days only:
Aug. 21 and 24, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) daily. 

For tickets, information and a full list of participating theaters, visit

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