Continuity mistake: In the scene where Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are in the car with the crazy driver. The car goes over the embankment and as it flips you can see a wheel break off. A short time later they both drive off in the same car, with the wheel attached again.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Ending / spoiler
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot successfully break into the vault and steal millions of dollars; however, during the getaway, Goody's coat gets caught on the trunklid when he jumps in the trunk. The owner of the drive-in (where they are hiding after the robbery) spots the coat and calls the police, believing that they were trying to sneak into the movie without paying. During the ensuing chase, the police shoot Goody, and Red pushes him out of the car to his death; he then knocks out Thunderbolt and kicks Lightfoot in the head before escaping in the getaway car. The police pursue Red until he crashes through the window of the store where he used to work; the security dogs in the store attack and kill Red. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot stumble across the schoolhouse where the money from the first robbery was hid; the money was still there. Thunderbolt buys a Cadillac convertible and picks up Lightfoot, who is acting strangely; Red's kick has caused an injury to Lightfoot's brain. Lightfoot dies in Thunderbolt's car, and Thunderbolt drives away as the credits roll.
Melody: I didn't get your name.
Lightfoot: Well, I didn't give it to ya'. My name is Lightfoot.
Lightfoot: That's right.
Melody: That's a dumb name. I mean, what kind of person would name a kid that, ya' know?
Lightfoot: What's your name?
Lightfoot: "Melody"? That's not a dumb name?.. Hey, maybe we had the same father?
Question: I could swear when I saw it it had a different ending. The one I saw at the end Jeff Bridges dies in the car. And Clint Eastwood pushes him out of the car and leaves him on the side of the road, then drives away. But I can't find anything on that. Has anyone else seen that version?
Answer: I saw the film on VHS tape 30 years ago and the ending on the tape had Clint Eastwood throwing Jeff Bridge off the cliff.
Answer: The one thrown out of the car was red pushing his friend out of the trunk of the car after he was shot Clint saw his friend die, and he drove off with him still in the car.
Answer: You must be thinking of another movie, because as far as I know there is no different ending.
I totally agree with your answer. Sometimes movies do film alternate endings that may be used in different markets (i.e. Europe or Asia). Also, alternate endings are sometimes filmed after a test audience reacts negatively to the original one and they may show up in the DVD or director's cut. I didn't find any indication that another version was ever filmed for this movie.
You are absolutely correct. Just watched this film again for the first time since the 70's. Thunderbolt leaves Lightfoot sitting (respectfully) by the roadside before driving off! Hope you come across this comment one day
Answer: Mandela effect.
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Answer: I remember the scene of pushing Jeff Bridges out of the car as well. I recently watched the movie on Cable, and Eastwood just kept on driving with Bridges (dead) slumped in his seat. I could have sworn he pushed him out in some alternate version.