The directorial debut of the Legendary filmmaker Michael Cimino sees Eastwood and Bridges at their best, the latter earning an Oscar nomination.
Thunderbolt and his old gang had the perfect plan. Steal the money, hide it in an old schoolhouse, lay low and collect when the heat was off. What they didn't figure on was a new building going up in its place. And now Thunderbolt's got himself a new partner, Lightfoot, and the chase for the loot is on.
Jeff Bridges actually corralled an Oscar nomination for his spirited, oddball performance in the genre-crime story Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
, directed by first-timer Michael Cimino who (a short two films later) would bring down a studio with Heaven's Gate
. Clint Eastwood plays a bank robber par excellence
with a flair for explosives who is being hunted by his former partners, who think he has their loot from their last job. Bridges is his eager apprentice and sidekick, who helps him escape; when Eastwood finally makes peace with his hunters, Bridges convinces them to try a daring robbery--but things inevitably go awry. The relationship between Eastwood and Bridges is both funny and touching in this, one of Eastwood's better post-Dirty Harry
efforts. --Marshall Fine