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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974 ***

The considerable star-power of Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges powers Michael (The Deer Hunter) Cimino’s jauntily dark backwoods thriller, with the stars cast as two escaped convicts trying to locate the loot from a previous job. When they find that a police station has been built above their hiding place, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot has a job on their hands. The gay subtext of the movie has been noted elsewhere, but Thunderbolt and Lightfoot also has a endearingly saltly sense of humour, and one highly sexed scene in which Bridges is seduced by a comely housewife.

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