December 12, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Thelma & Louise

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
129 minutes
performer
Timothy Carhart, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky
director
Ridley Scott
Producer
Ridley Scott
distributor
MGM
author
Callie Khouri
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Action Adventure, Drama

The most intriguing bonus on the DVD release of Thelma & Louise is its ”alternate ending.” The one where Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis’ convertible turns into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as they gun it off that cliff? Not quite, but as director Ridley Scott explains on the commentary track, the two endings show how he made a feel-good movie of a tragedy. The release print freezes on the T-bird, set to quasi-soulful female wailing; in the rejected finale, the car begins to fall (followed by a bummer of a look from Harvey Keitel) while B.B. King sings ”Better Not Look Down.” ”You know they’re gonna die,” Scott explains. ”But I wanted to go out on the high of the car in control.” It’s just like that old M*A*S*H song says: ”Suicide is painless.”

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