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Most Inspirational Travel Film

Thelma and Louise

Director: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Callie Khouri
Producer: Mimi Polk Gitlin
Distributor: MGM
UK release: 1991

Thelma and Louise: what's the story?
Best friends Thelma, a housewife, and Louise, a waitress, set off in a 1966 Thunderbird convertible for a weekend away together at a friend's cabin. Neither of the women are happy with their lot, Thelma is married to a bullying slob and Louise is damaged by some unknown past experience. In a helter-skelter turn of events, a carefree couple of days becomes a road-trip in which they become outlaws who turn to crime for survival, building to a shocking climax. Thelma and Louise chimed a cord in the nineties and became the ultimate chic-flick and the focus of a good girls' night in.

Who's in Thelma and Louise?
Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Harvey Keitel, plus Brad Pitt as J D.

Where's Thelma and Louise set?
The road movie Thelma and Louise takes a trip from "Arkansas through Oklahoma and Colorado to Arizona’, however the main locations were in fact based close to Los Angeles. They used some locations in Unaweep Canyon Colorado and desert scenes are set in and around the spectacular Arches National Park in Utah. The Grand Canyon scene takes place at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah.

What awards has Thelma and Louise won?
The film won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for both Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and Best Cinematography, Adrian Biddle. The film was also nominated for eight BAFTAs and won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture.

What do the reviews say about Thelma and Louise?
Film website Rotten Tomatoes featured critic, Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, said: "Scott has balanced action, comedy and doomy subtext to create a morally firm yet very entertaining fable that reaches out to an audience far larger than its natural feminist constituency." Janet Maslin, New York Times wrote: "Their adventures, while tinged with the fatalism that attends any crime spree, have the thrilling, life-affirming energy for which the best road movies are remembered."