It was the year 1991 when a film called “Thelma and Louise” was released, with two female protagonists who, aboard a legendary convertible, lived an adventure in which they ended up becoming fugitives persecuted by the law. The feature film, turned into a myth of cinema, is now three decades since its premiere.
This thirtieth anniversary was celebrated in style a few days ago with a charity gala at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (United States), where the film was also screened. How could it be otherwise, the leading actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were present to commemorate the occasion. And they did not do it alone, because they also wanted to have the “presence” of their motorized companion in this “road movie”.
We refer to one of the iconic 1966 Ford Thunderbird that the characters of “Thelma and Louise” drove during their intense journey through North American lands and that went down in history for various reasons, including the unexpected and liberating ending of the film. The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where this specimen is usually found, loaned it to celebrate the thirty-year history of the cinematographic work.
The 1966 Thunderbird is equipped with a powerful 6.4-liter engine that provides 300 hp of power
During the gala, Sarandon explained that the director of the film, Riddley Scott, managed to gather a considerable fleet of units of this fourth generation of Thunderbird for the entire shoot. Some of the vehicles (attention, “spoiler”) were thrown off the well-known cliff in the last scene of the film. Others were used for action scenes and had engines modified to offer special performance at certain times.
Meanwhile, some were used only for some of the more glamorous shots. It should be noted that, apart from the Thunderbirds destroyed for the aforementioned final scene, another caught fire during filming and was rendered useless. All the units that survived the filming ended up in the hands of the director’s children except for the one you can see in the images, nowadays a museum piece as we mentioned earlier.
Susan Sarandon recalled that both she and Geena Davis drove the biggest in the movie, except for only the most difficult and dangerous maneuvers. The vehicle is equipped with a powerful 6.4-liter engine that provides 300 hp of power. Associated with the engine is a three-speed automatic transmission.
Not just one car, but several
The director of the film, Riddley Scott, managed to assemble a fleet of units of the vehicle to carry out the entire shoot
During the Los Angeles event, the two protagonists enjoyed themselves inside the iconic convertible, recalling some of the indelible moments of “Thelma and Louise.” The film was nominated for six Oscars in 1992, including those for best actress, best director and best cinematography, although ultimately it only won the award for best original screenplay.
To this day, the film is synonymous with female empowerment, at a time when this stance meant going against the norm, especially in Hollywood. If you want to see in more detail the 1966 Ford Thunderbird you can do it in the video of the gala that is under these lines.