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John 'Thunderbolt' Doherty is an ex-thief who teams up with an enthusiastic, amiable young drifter, Lightfoot to seek loot that was probably stolen by Thunderbolt's gang. Pursuing Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are a sadist (George Kennedy) and another thug who's not the sharpest knife in the drawer (Geoffrey Lewis). Eventually they corner Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and prepare to kill them and take the loot. But the money was hidden in an old schoolhouse that no longer exists, so their lives are spared. Lightfoot convinces the group that they should repeat the original robbery. The robbery succeeds again, but…Lewis is killed during a botched getaway, and Kennedy panics and knocks Thunderbolt unconscious, beats up Lightfoot, and takes off with the loot.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Eastwood team has pulled off a modest enjoyable winner.
Fresh: Debuting director Michael Cimino obtains superior performances from Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis and especially Jeff Bridges.
Fresh: The likeable result, made for and with the personnel of Eastwood's Malpaso Company, looks like a throwaway Eastwood vehicle.
Fresh: Eastwood is in good, if not great form, Bridges steals the whole show, and Cimino displays a sense of unpretentious fun and appealing grasp of character that should have held him in good stead for a lengthy career. It didn't.
Definitely Brings Back Memories
Definitely era-dated, but still fun. Good chemistry between Eastwood & Daniels; Kennedy turns in another edgy performance. Definitely worth a Sunday afternoon and a beer or two.
Classic buddy flick with great actors
This movie is the kind you can watch again every few years and enjoy, it just gets better. The two leads are wonderful. Examples: Eastwood as a preacher getting into a shootout in front of his congregation, and Bridges in drag seducing a security guard away from his post. Great comedy, dialog and action.
Boy does this bring back some memories,not a great movie but fun to watch.