Looking back on one of the most iconic duos
Two women, a green 1966 Thunderbird convertible, and a friendship nothing less than powerful. The 1991 classic, Thelma & Louise, was the first original screenplay written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. The film tells the timeless story of two women, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, who decide to escape the mundane with a weekend getaway. The trip quickly escalates into a ride of a lifetime, and the rest is history.
Behind the scenes, Ridley didn’t initially intend to direct the film, and was actually shopping the script around to many directors with no success. In his BAFTA Fellowship acceptance speech, he recalled:
“I interviewed directors and most of the directors said, ‘I’ve got a problem with the women.’ And I said, ‘Well that’s the whole point of the script, dude.’” And so I was then interviewing, one day, Michelle Pfeiffer, who was a bit too busy, but she said, “I want to meet anyway.” And she said at the end of the meeting, “Why don’t you come to your senses and you do it?” And so I went, “uhhhh,” and that’s what I did.”
Twenty-seven years later, the film has cemented itself as iconic and may even be relevant more than ever. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable scenes that capture the spirit of the dynamic duo, Thelma & Louise: