The genius of Ridley Scott’s direction and Callie Khouri’s groundbreaking screenplay is that they allow the film to flirt with standard archetypal conventions, all the while upending conventional notions of women — particularly women in the sort of situation Thelma and Louise find themselves in. Jason McKiernan
Callie Khouri came to Portland to finish her Oscar winning screenplay for Thelma and Louise, taking a break from her secretarial job in the music video business to do so. It was her first script.
Other screenplays written in the rain: Todd Haynes came here to write Far From Heaven (2002), leaving behind the fleshpots of Brooklyn. Miranda July’s Me, You And Everyone We Know ( 2005) was written in Portland. I am guessing that Gus Van Sant wrote Mala Noche (1985), Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and My Own Private Idaho (1991) in Portland.
I hereby claim Thelma and Louise as an Oregon film on the basis of Callie Kouri’s decision to use Portland as a writer’s colony.