Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Filming Locations

Location #21: Red crashes into The Paris

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At 321 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana, United States


Location #22: The boys are dropped at the Warsaw exit

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Veterans Memorial Highway, at the Dearborn exit, Cascade, Montana, United States


Location #23: The Warsaw School

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Near the Dearborn Fire Department off I-15, Cascade, Montana, United States

9 thoughts on “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Filming Locations

    1. Dan

      No. That was The 10th Avenue Drive-In Theatre. There is now a Holiday Inn on that site. Sadly, all three drive-in theaters in Great Falls have been demolished. Spent many nights there as a youngster.

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  1. Janet

    I was looking for the schoolhouse on I-15 near exit 240, but did not see the exit number on the map. Got this info from one of the movie websites. There are a couple of old schools heading towatd Lima, MT. I hope they dont tear those down. Also, the Calf A in Dell is an old schoolhouse. They have great burgers! My father n law lives in Lima. I live i Alabama.

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  2. Bill Dean

    This is a great guide to “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” I would really like to find the location of one scene that’s not mentioned — the movie’s final shot, which shows the Cadillac driving off amid amazing scenery after Lightfoot nods off, and the music and final credits start. I believe this is somewhere on I-15, possibly near Tower Rock State Park, but I’m not sure. I’m also not sure which direction they’re heading. I’m hoping to visit soon the area soon and would love to find this spot. Thanks much.

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    1. Deb S.

      You are right on the location. The last scene was shot on 1-15 between Hardy Creek near tower rock SP and the scenic pullout that overlooks Dearborn. The scene with the river off to the side is right near Hardy. He pulls into the scenic overlook when lightfoot dies, then the final scene is actually back to the north a bit and it’s heading south on 1-15 getting ready to go over the river and a really cool view of Dearborn and the river down in the valley

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    2. Clayton Richards

      Yes, Tower Rock on I -15. The scene when Lightfoot dies they are driving south. Not sure of the direction during the outro music.

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  3. Robert Bruner

    Glad to find this forum. I moved to Great Falls a year ago and was told the movie was filmed here. My wife and I have hit multiple filming locations. Our highlight was finding the tree that Tunderbolt uses to relocate his shoulder. Interesting tidbit, the shootout on bridge scene from the movie “The Untouchables” with Costner and Connery was filmed nearby Great Falls also. If anyone has movie TB&LF locations they’d like to share, please let me know so I can hit those spots up. Thanks.

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  4. Michael

    Was the Warsaw School House torn down or moved? From what I could find on Google Earth it looks like whatever happened occurred around 2012 or so.

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