From the writer (Michael Cimino, Deer Hunter) that gave us first Silent Running then Magnum Force, comes his directional debut, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
He brings us a tale of bungled heists, the resolve of the robbers, and the bright ideas of the young.
Now it’s time to collect the hidden stash. Thunderbolt, (Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven, Gran Torino) is now preaching in a small church in the middle of nowhere.
The saying “honour amongst thieves” does not apply here, as his partners in crime have finally tracked him down, thinking that he has double crossed them.
Meanwhile a young man enters a second-hand car dealership…
He soon comes across a rapidly fleeing preacher who attempts to climb into his car, which he does but at a cost.
But, as with all things that are chased, they are bound to be chased again, as Red and Eddie find their quarry. Red is a very angry and violent man and it looks like he doesn’t want to take any prisoners, he believes the money is gone and through Thunderbolts pockets to boot, so he wants revenge.
Then a bright young spark comes up with an idea, pull off the exact same heist they did 7 years ago.
Let the shenanigans begin, as they take on normal jobs to fund and acquire what they need for this daring caper.
You always know where this film is going and you keep watching hoping that you are wrong, simply it is “Brilliant.”
This is now a firm classic and should be in your collection whether it be the Eastwood one (Shelves groan) or the Bridges one.
Especially as it is now in 1080p beautifully seen as the opening credits are still grainy until the opening shots and then it’s “ooh”.
Available to buy on Blu-ray Now.