Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Synopsis: Seven years after a daring bank robbery involving an anti-tank gun used to blow open a vault, the robbery team temporarily puts aside their mutual suspicions to repeat the crime after they are unable to find the loot from the original heist, hidden behind a school chalkboard. The hardened artilleryman and his flippant, irresponsible young sidekick are the two wild cards in the deck of jokers.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Michael Cimino
Production: MGM/UA Distribution
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

That's their hearse.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, sweetness.

- Okay, what'll it be this morning?

- I'm gonna have you.

And four scrambled eggs, very loose.

Bacon, toast, coffee.

And American fries. You got American fries?

- Yes.

- American fries?


Just coffee, black. Thanks.

Okay. Thank you.

God, it's poetry!

Good jaw.

I love 'em like that. Nice and tight.


How you feelin' today, preacher?

The clock uncoils the working day,

and he wakes up

feeling his youth has gone away.

Now what the hell is that? A prayer?

A poem.

- A poem?

- Poetry.


You stick with me, kid.

You can live forever.


You big son of a bitch!

You must've been into something

very big, preacher. Very big.

I can't see.

Damn' they're goin' fast.

I can't see 'em.

I don't know how the hell

I could've missed 'em so many times.

- Shoot.

- I think you got... No, you didn't either.

Hang on!

He went over the...

What do we do now, Red?


Now, in a case like this,

you can't take your

hands off the wheel even for a second, see.

Get your hands on the wheel.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.


What do we do now, Red?

Shut up, Goody.

Goddamn ding-ding.


Yeah, transmission's finished.

Seals are all gone.

Cadillac's my car anyway.

Where are we now?

Hells Canyon.

Snake River.

Mostly huntin' camps and sheep camps.

Up here, people's business

is nobody's but their own.

Hells Canyon delivery boat's gonna come by

pretty soon. The Idaho Dream.

Should take us right up the river.

Better off gettin'

as far away from me as you can, boy.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

Lonely country, kid.

You got any people?

I don't even know anymore.

That's weird.

Last time I saw any of

them I was just a kid.

I was a little too much for them to handle,

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino ( chi-MEE-noh; February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and author. Born in New York City, he graduated from Yale University in 1963 and began his career filming commercials. He moved to Los Angeles to take up screenwriting in 1971. After co-writing the script of Magnum Force and Silent Running he wrote the preliminary script Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Clint Eastwood read the script and sent it to his personal production company, which allowed Cimino to direct the film. After its success, Cimino co-wrote, directed, and produced the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter. His next film, Heaven's Gate (1980), proved to be a financial failure. Cimino directed four movies after Heaven's Gate, but none were as successful as The Deer Hunter. more…

All Michael Cimino scripts | Michael Cimino Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 27 Jan. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.