Has it really been thirty years since Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis pulled a death-defying car leap off of a canyon cliff that would have given Evel Knievel flop sweats? Back in 1991 when director Ridley Scott’s magnum opus Thelma & Louise hit movie theaters worldwide, ye olde Vents columnist was a precocious teenager with a headful of hair, Movieline Magazine was alive and well and, to be for sure, there was nary an inkling of the apocalypse of 2020-21 in the driver’s seat rearview mirror of my 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster. The film, about two disaffected friends on the lam from the law, captured the movie-going public’s imagination, solidified the box-office cache of Sarandon and Davis and turned the world at large onto a then unknown actor named Brad Pitt. And now the film described by some pundits as a female Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is back and ready to party like its 1999…or 2021; whatever. Thelma & Louise are back and are anteing up for a good cause, according to our 1990s mavens over at The Hollywood Reporter.
This June 18, Thelma & Louise stalwarts Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon are teaming up once again, making a special appearance at the Cinespia’s Drive-In at The Greek in the City of Angels (that’s Los Angeles to you and me) for a one night event mean to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s buddy road trip movie gone horribly awry. And the duo are looking back on a special movie for a good cause, to boot: This anniversary one-on/one-off will serve as a benefit for the LA Regional Food Bank along with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The whole shebang will commence with a discussion between the film’s two stars about their memories of working on the film prior to Thelma & Louise unspooling in front of a drive-in audience.
In a press release, Susan Sarandon said that “When we were filming Thelma & Louise thirty years ago, we had no idea the kind of cultural impact it would continue to have for decades. At the time, it was revolutionary to have two women in a film that weren’t enemies and were having fun together on screen. I think that’s been one of the biggest breakthroughs –today there are so many brilliant female actors making films where women aren’t adversarial to each other and have the power to determine their own destiny.”
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, go check it out and tell ‘em Vents sent you!
Happy 30th to the cast, crew and all of the fans of a truly fun, dramatic and altogether groundbreaking film, Thelma & Louise!