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Off the Cliff - How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge-logo

Off the Cliff - How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge

Becky Aikman

A lively and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of history's most controversial and influential movies, drawing on exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. "You've always been crazy," says Louise to Thelma, shortly after she locks a police officer in the trunk of his car. "This is just the first chance you've had to express yourself." In 1991, Thelma & Louise, the story of two outlaw women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Suddenly, a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic, and continues to electrify audiences as a cultural statement of defiance. But if the film's place in history now seems certain, at the time its creation was a long shot. Only through sheer hard work and more than a little good luck did the script end up in the hands of the brilliant English filmmaker Ridley Scott, who saw its huge potential. With Scott on board, a team willing to challenge the odds came together—including the stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and a fresh-faced up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt, as well as legends like actor Harvey Keitel, composer Hans Zimmer, and old-school studio chief Alan Ladd Jr.—to create one of the most controversial movies of all time. But before icons like Davis and Sarandon got involved, Thelma & Louise was just an idea in the head of Callie Khouri, a thirty-year-old music video production manager, who was fed up with working behind the scenes on sleazy sets. At four a.m. one night, sitting in her car outside the ramshackle bungalow in Santa Monica that she shared with two friends, she had a vision: two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives—lives like hers—in search of a freedom they had never before been able to realize. But in the late 1980s, Hollywood was dominated by men, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring two women in lead roles actually getting made was remot

A lively and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of history's most controversial and influential movies, drawing on exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. "You've always been crazy," says Louise to Thelma, shortly after she locks a police officer in the trunk of his car. "This is just the first chance you've had to express yourself." In 1991, Thelma & Louise, the story of two outlaw women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Suddenly, a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic, and continues to electrify audiences as a cultural statement of defiance. But if the film's place in history now seems certain, at the time its creation was a long shot. Only through sheer hard work and more than a little good luck did the script end up in the hands of the brilliant English filmmaker Ridley Scott, who saw its huge potential. With Scott on board, a team willing to challenge the odds came together—including the stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and a fresh-faced up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt, as well as legends like actor Harvey Keitel, composer Hans Zimmer, and old-school studio chief Alan Ladd Jr.—to create one of the most controversial movies of all time. But before icons like Davis and Sarandon got involved, Thelma & Louise was just an idea in the head of Callie Khouri, a thirty-year-old music video production manager, who was fed up with working behind the scenes on sleazy sets. At four a.m. one night, sitting in her car outside the ramshackle bungalow in Santa Monica that she shared with two friends, she had a vision: two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives—lives like hers—in search of a freedom they had never before been able to realize. But in the late 1980s, Hollywood was dominated by men, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring two women in lead roles actually getting made was remot
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A lively and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of history's most controversial and influential movies, drawing on exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. "You've always been crazy," says Louise to Thelma, shortly after she locks a police officer in the trunk of his car. "This is just the first chance you've had to express yourself." In 1991, Thelma & Louise, the story of two outlaw women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Suddenly, a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic, and continues to electrify audiences as a cultural statement of defiance. But if the film's place in history now seems certain, at the time its creation was a long shot. Only through sheer hard work and more than a little good luck did the script end up in the hands of the brilliant English filmmaker Ridley Scott, who saw its huge potential. With Scott on board, a team willing to challenge the odds came together—including the stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon and a fresh-faced up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt, as well as legends like actor Harvey Keitel, composer Hans Zimmer, and old-school studio chief Alan Ladd Jr.—to create one of the most controversial movies of all time. But before icons like Davis and Sarandon got involved, Thelma & Louise was just an idea in the head of Callie Khouri, a thirty-year-old music video production manager, who was fed up with working behind the scenes on sleazy sets. At four a.m. one night, sitting in her car outside the ramshackle bungalow in Santa Monica that she shared with two friends, she had a vision: two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives—lives like hers—in search of a freedom they had never before been able to realize. But in the late 1980s, Hollywood was dominated by men, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring two women in lead roles actually getting made was remot

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirsten Potter

Length:

9h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:19


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:46


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:45


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:48


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:15


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:47


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:21


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:44


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:11


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:50


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:18


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:53


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:26


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:38


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:38


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:35