chapter  4
10 Pages

Discovering and Exploring a Main Character

Callie Khouri chose the journey structure to tell her story. Thelma and Louise is a direct descendant of such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Bonnie and Clyde, just as these are descendants of classics like They Drive by Night. The originality of the film and much of its energy stem from its humorous, sympathetic, and totally unsentimental portrayal of Khouri’s protagonists, the two characters whom she discovered and explored, her “two women on a crime binge.”