After three decades, ‘Thelma & Louise’ ride on

EPIX presents Oscar-winning teaming of Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

Other projects have tried to capture the same lightning, but 30 years later, there’s still nothing else like “Thelma & Louise.” EPIX presents the legendary, Ridley Scott-directed female-buddy movie Thursday, Aug. 12, and Friday, Aug. 13, and it’s also streaming on Hulu and Paramount+ … and at a recent event to celebrate the picture’s three-decade anniversary, stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis lamented that though they foresaw a breakthrough for movies and series powered by women, that phenomenon largely hasn’t happened.

Still, the actresses’ shared legacy endures as they play friends who break away from depressing domestic situations and run into trouble on the road. What ultimately results is one of the most iconic scenes in motion-picture history, defining why there never could be a sequel (though one allegedly was proposed). The Oscar-winning Callie Khouri script also did a lot for Brad Pitt, as someone who has much to do with the women’s hard-driving flight from the law.

Other Retro Rewinds:

“Columbo” (MeTV, Sunday, July 25):

“Maude” (IMDb TV, streaming): Part of an acquisition of Norman Lear-produced series, this “All in the Family” spinoff is getting its first streaming showcase. Beatrice Arthur transitioned from Broadway staple to television star as ever-outspoken Maude Findlay, who regularly dealt with such issues as women’s liberation and civil rights … generating content that often gave CBS and affiliated stations deep concerns while making television history.

“Absence of Malice” (Amazon, streaming):

“Tangled” (Freeform, Tuesday, Aug. 10): “This Is Us” surely is her main calling card now, but Mandy Moore had a sizable movie hit — in voice only — with this animated 2010 Disney feature in which she voices Rapunzel, helped by a thief (voice of Zachary Levi) to escape the tower in which she and her magical hair have been kept hidden. The film inspired a short-subject sequel, then an animated series, both of which Moore and Levi reprised their roles for.

“The Breakfast Club” (Freeform, Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29):

“Charlie’s Angels” (getTV, Thursday, Aug. 12): A rare crossover of Aaron Spelling-produced shows from different genres marked the start of this detective drama’s fourth year, and the title says it all … “Love Boat Angels.” Shelley Hack began what would be her single-season stint as one of the sleuths working for unseen Charlie; Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes and the rest of the Pacific Princess regulars are on board here.

“All in the Family” (getTV, Thursday, July 29):

“The China Syndrome” (Turner Classic Movies, Friday, Aug. 13): Director James Bridges’ 1979 drama about trouble at a nuclear plant would be a stunner anyway, but the proximity of its release to the real-life Three Mile Island crisis gave it an extra layer of notoriety. Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda (whose “Summer Under the Stars” tribute day this is part of) and Michael Douglas (who also produced the film) form the superb starring trio.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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