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Cool World

Friday, July 27, 2012
9:05 p.m. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Michael Cimino (U.S., 1974)



It’s a draw: Clint Eastwood or Jeff Bridges, two kinds of cool, one composed, the other, crazy. But the heat’s on in this directorial debut by Michael Cimino, soon to deliver Deer Hunter. Here, Thunderbolt (Clint) and Lightfoot (Jeff) are a couple of hoods setting up a heist in Montana. Thunderbolt got his moniker using a 20mm antitank gun to blow a safe; reckless and randy, Lightfoot is a bit, well, light on the IQ. T & L is a strange bromance with Bridges wearing a dress during the robbery and Clint’s powerful cannon doing the manly thing. Look for a cameo by that Antichrist of Cool, Gary Busey.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Cimino. Photographed by Frank Stanley. With Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey, George Kennedy. (115 mins, Color, 35mm, ‘Scope, From Park Circus)