Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge by Becky Aikman

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Read Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge Online Free - "You've always been crazy, - says Louise to Thelma, having just outrun the police in a car chase and locked an officer in the trunk of his own car. "This is just the first chance you've had to express yourself."

In 1991, Thelma and Louise, the story of two outlaw women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Suddenly, for the first time, here was a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic, and continues today to electrify audiences as a cultural statement of defiance. But if the film's place in history now seems certain, at the time its creation was a long shot.

Before Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, and a young up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt got involved, Thelma and Louise was just an idea in the head of Callie Khouri, a thirty-year-old music video production manager, who was fed up with working behind the scenes on sleazy sets. At four a.m. one night, sitting in her car outside the ramshackle bungalow in Santa Monica that she shared with two friends, she had a vision: two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives--lives like hers--in search of a freedom they had never before been able to realize. She knew in that moment that she had to be the one to write it.

But in the late 1980s, Hollywood was dominated by men, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring two women in lead roles actually getting made was remote. But Callie had one thing going for her--she had no idea she was attempting the almost impossible. And she pulled it off, by dint of sheer hard work and some good luck when she was able to get the script into the hands of the brilliant English filmmaker Ridley Scott, who saw its huge potential. With Scott on board, a team willing to challenge the odds came together--including not only the stars Davis and Sarandon, but also legends like actor Harvey Keitel, composer Hans Zimmer, and old-school studio chief Alan Ladd Jr.--to create one of the most controversial movies of all time.

In Off the Cliff, Becky Aikman tells the full extraordinary story behind this feminist sensation, which crashed through barricades and upended convention. Drawing on 130 exclusive interviews with the key players from this remarkable cast of actors, writers, and filmmakers, Aikman tells an inspiring and important underdog story about creativity, the magic of cinema, and the unjust obstacles that women in Hollywood continue to face to this day.

Title : Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge
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ISBN : 1594206716
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Kasa rated it ★★★★★

May 19, 2017

One of the joys of membership in the San Francisco Film Society was the chance to attend pre-release screenings of upcoming movies. We could view these films unaffected by buzz or the influence of reviewers. It was in such an atmosphere that I saw Thelma and Louise in April 1991. No one knew what...

paulie rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

(this was a goodreads uncorrected advance giveaway. my thanks to penguin and all involved, though this does not influence my review). i have only seen the movie once, and i cannot remember if it was in the theatre or vhs (yep, vhs) back in the early 90s, but i was incredibly interested in reading...

Fernanda rated it ★★★★☆

June 27, 2017

Review originally published here: Long before I knew what story was told in Thelma & Louise, I knew it as a cultural reference mentioned in many other movies – and tv shows, and books –, specially when it came to female characters. It was only last year...

Ann-Marie rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

Love it or hate it, Thelma & Louise is an iconic film. Personally, I’ve always liked it. I thought Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were perfect in their roles and I loved the scenes shot in Moab, Utah. Never saw this as a feminist man-bashing film. When I first saw it I took it for what it was...

Kelly rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2017

I first saw Thelma & Louise when I was 12 or so. I remember renting it the first weekend it was available (at my local Blockbuster--this was back in the days when one did such things), and I didn't know much about it. But I liked Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon (I had already seen The Fly and...

Nova rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

Some of the writing is a bit schlocky and "little did they know what the fates had in store" tension building, BUT as a history of the making of this fantastic film it's great. The author has really put the time in with interviewing everyone and obviously cares about the film yet manages to remai...

Leftjab rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2017

Great read for the film-inclined. Presents an excellent chronicle of the process of making a movie ca. 1990 - from writing the initial idea, to the development, to casting, to shooting, and then distribution and (in this case) awards season. I was reminded a bit of Mark Harris's Pictures at a Rev...

Emilio rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

I loved this book. As a fan of the film, I found the whole behind the scenes anecdotes entertaining. Can you picture Jodie Foster and Cher as Thelma & Louise? I've always felt that the best films are those that involve collaboration. There are very few writer/director films that hit on all not...

Brandi rated it ★★★★★

July 10, 2017

I received an ARC of Off the Cliff a few weeks ago and finally got around to reading it. I must have read close to twenty books between the time I received this one in the mail before I actually picked this one up and decided that I was going to sit down and read it, one way or another. Love it o...

DalaiMommaReadingDrama rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

You wanna a quirky book that you don't expect to enjoy so much??!! This one right here. A work of non-fiction...culture and film...Off The Cliff: How The Making Of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood To The Edge is a book that I was hesitate but very curious about. I fully expected to get the boo...

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