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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous movie
Having been an Eastwood fan for many years, I was overjoyed to see this film finally released on DVD. It is without doubt one of his greatest films, although Jeff Bridges steals the show, and received an Oscar nomination - in his first appearance!
The story is of the friendship between two very different characters, the old and seasoned veteran Eastwood, and the...
Published on 7 Nov 2003 by The Happy Prince

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You stick with me kid. You're gonna live forever."
This 1974 caper movie manages the neat trick of both delivering what the audience wants and subverting their expectations at the same time. Clint Eastwood plays a crook on the run from ex-partners in crime George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis (often hysterically funny here) who teams up with Jeff Bridges' extrovert drifter to retrieve the loot from a previous robbery only to...
Published on 14 Dec 2007 by Trevor Willsmer


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous movie, 7 Nov 2003
This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
Having been an Eastwood fan for many years, I was overjoyed to see this film finally released on DVD. It is without doubt one of his greatest films, although Jeff Bridges steals the show, and received an Oscar nomination - in his first appearance!
The story is of the friendship between two very different characters, the old and seasoned veteran Eastwood, and the wild and irresponsable Bridges, who meet while Eastwood is escaping assasination by an old friend of Eastwood's, George Kennedy. Eventually they all get together to take on Montana Armoured Bank, with mixed results.
There's nothing new in the story or plot of this film, and admittedly it looks a little dated now, but the filmwork is outstanding, and Bridges shines. Coupled with a little action and a tragic ending, this film is truely wonderful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Blu-Ray, 30 Jun 2014
The GOOD:
For a film made in 1974, this has delivered pretty well in hi-definition. I was pleasantly surprised by the picture quality. Presented in 2.35:1 widescreen, and with a LPCM 2.0 Stereo soundtrack, this is well worth the upgrade from DVD.

The BAD:
No extras (apart from a chapter selection).

Region-B only.

Running time: 114m 39s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eastwood and Bridges..., 17 April 2010
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SE Timmins "Steve Timmins" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
I have always had this film in my collection, originally on VHS Video tape. I now have it on DVD, from Amazon.

IT IS A CLASSIC IN IT'S OWN RIGHT!

Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood play there roles perfectly. This will always be in my movies top-ten list.

Best Regards
Steve Timmins
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 70s fun n buddy film, 5 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
The film revolves around the relationship of an armed robber and a car thief.. who together with the robbers ex partners re rob a money dipositary with an anti aircraft gun....a good romp with familiar faces from 70s films even Gary Busey get a brief look in.. A rare Eastwood film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You stick with me kid. You're gonna live forever.", 14 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
This 1974 caper movie manages the neat trick of both delivering what the audience wants and subverting their expectations at the same time. Clint Eastwood plays a crook on the run from ex-partners in crime George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis (often hysterically funny here) who teams up with Jeff Bridges' extrovert drifter to retrieve the loot from a previous robbery only to find his old accomplices tagging along and things - naturally - not going at all to plan. It's an almost perfectly judged mixture of comedy and action with both feet firmly on the ground in a way that would be almost unthinkable today. There's a real rapport between the outstanding cast and an affection for the characters that adds to the impact of the very Seventies ending. Writer-director Michael Cimino handles the mood swings adeptly and even injects a subtle undercurrent of sexual ambiguity that never gets in the way of the entertainment: this was a terrific movie in 1974, and if anything it's an even better one today. The transfer isn't great, but it is in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clint and Jeff at their best, 5 Nov 2004
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This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
Great, great movie. Has all the ingredients one expects of a Clint Eastwood movie. Jeff Bridges almost steals the show with his portrayal of the young drifter "Lightfoot" who meets up with an older drifter the "Thunderbolt" (name given him by a newspaper after a robbery where the money had never been recovered). Lots of action some amusing scenes - especially when Jeff dresses up as a sexy female and another where a family have all been bound and gagged, the parents manage to get to their daughters bedroom door and find her gagged and tied to a boy, both naked, there without their knowledge! Makes you chuckle at their predicament. Has a few quite violent interludes as well.
All I can say is buy it and enjoy repeated viewings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood / Bridges = Perfection, 7 Aug 2014
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This is a wonderful blend of drama, action and comedy. But it also turns the reality of the lives of these criminals from tongue-in-cheek during the first half of the film to an emotional and tense final act where we really see the motives and greed behind certain people.

Bridges steals the show as a wild and carefree Lightfoot, in his Oscar nominated role, sharing the screen with Eastwood who work so well together, and genuinely show a developing and caring friendship. Their smiles and laughs are more than just acted.

Kennedy proves to be an intimidating anti-hero, and gives the two leads a good pillar to bounce off.

Filled with natural cinematography and a cracking script where all characters are developed perfectly alongside a great heist, this is a surprising and entertaining story with a touching, emotional ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray review, 15 April 2014
I imported this blu ray from the states, however it is getting released here in the UK on June 23rd 2014,This is a real gem of a Clint Eastwood movie that has suffered with mediocre releases on dvd,The blu ray is 16.9 and after a grainy start we get a really beautiful picture to behold, The church scenes and the cornfield chase look nice and vibrant and this continues throughout the movie, Sound is very serviceable English 1.0 DTS HD.
Features wise on this one there was an isolated score and trailer But I don't know if this will make it on the UK release.
Roll on Tightrope coming out on Blu ray UK soon And other Clint fans might like to know Coogan's bluff Blu ray is available to order from Amazon Germany, it's a very nice print too ,most of the grain has been cleaned up and it looks great
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5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER TRANSFER THAN THE DVD, 14 Nov 2014
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Clint Eastwood plays Thunderbolt, a preacher, who during a sermon, is chased out of his church by a couple of old friends, who turn out to be bank robbers. He is rescued by Lightfoot, played by Jeff Bridges, who has just stolen a car. The two quickly form a friendship and put as much distance as they can from their assailants. Seven years previously, Thunderbolt, and his pursuers, had robbed a bank and hidden the money, now apparently missing. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot eventually team up with their pursuers, Red and Eddie, played respectively by George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis. They start planning to rob the same bank in the same way.

In the early part of the 70's, there were a number of films that could be grouped together and put in the same genre. Namely about people travelling across America by car for whatever reason, and this is one of them. The cinematography does justice to the 2.35: ratio. There is a light layer of digital noise, but this only lasts for a few seconds when visible, so does not distract when watching the film.

Picture Quality is good with a sharp image, and colours look natural. This blu ray has been transferred in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the sound is 2.0.

This blu ray release is superior to the standard dvd not only in the Picture Quality, but on the standard dvd the image was not transferred Anamorphically, so to get the image to 2.35:1, the TV needs to be in zoom mode, which in turn loses some Picture Quality.

Final word: Even if you already own the dvd, it is worth the upgrade to have this film in an Anamorphic transfer.
Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can we have a 16:9 version please?, 9 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Thunderbolt And Lightfoot [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
This is a widescreen on 4;3 aspect DVD, which means you have to zoom in on a 16:9 display or you get a tiny image floating in the middle with black bars top bottom and each side.

I think it is about time DVD makers caught up with the fact that a lot of people have wide screen TVs now, and also that the description on Amazon should highlight the aspect ratio.

Story is just as good as it ever was, however.
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