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Wick's Review

Created Jun 15, 2019 09:12PM PST • Edited Jul 08, 2019 02:12AM PST

  1. Quality
  2. Very Good 3.5

    Thunderbolt And Lightfoot still entertains nearly half a century after it premiered. The star power of Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges see to that, as does a cockamamy story about Montana bank robbers.

    Mostly it’s a first rate buddy picture, not unlikely buddies but very likely buddies in Eastwood’s accomplished criminal and Bridges’ wet-behind-the-ears criminal. That said, Michael Cimino’s film indulges a sweet-tooth for absurdity, including many hocus-pocus coincidences, and a series of grotesque Americans, including a stereotypical used-car salesman and an insane Plymouth hotrod driver.

  3. Very Good 3.5

    Clint Eastwood’s middle-aged criminal reluctantly takes Jeff Bridges’s aspiring criminal under his wing. That adds up to a double-helping of moviestar charisma.

    • George Kennedy fulminates ineffectively as an angry fellow criminal.
    • Catherine Bach has a bit part, this just prior to becoming noted sex symbol Daisy Duke.
    • Gary Busey also has a bit part, shortly before he became a star himself.
    • Claudia Lennear too has a bit part. About her: She is said to be the inspiration of the Stones’ song Brown Sugar. Her real life story gets touched on in the backup-singer doc 20 Feet from Stardom.
  4. Male Stars Great 4.0
  5. Female Stars Very Good 3.5
  6. Female Costars Good 3.0
  7. Male Costars Very Good 3.5
  8. Good 3.0
  9. Direction Good 3.0
  10. Play Good 3.0
  11. Music Good 3.0
  12. Visuals Good 3.0
  13. Content
  14. Risqué 2.4
  15. Sex Innocent 1.5
  16. Violence Brutal 3.1
  17. Rudeness Salty 2.5
  18. Glib 1.8
  19. Circumstantial Surreal 2.5
  20. Biological Glib 1.5
  21. Physical Glib 1.3

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