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A preacher (Clint Eastwood) is conducting a Sunday service when some men come in and start shooting at him. He escapes, with the aid of Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges), a car thief who happens to be driving by and helps him by running over one of his pursuers and giving him a lift.Lightfoot discovers that the preacher was really one of the members of a gang that robbed a security company a few years ago that were never caught, and that he had the nickname "Thunderbolt." After the two of them stop for ice cream, after they get back, the two remaining men that were chasing them – the vicious Red Leary (George Kennedy) and the Gentle Giant Eddie Goody (Geoffrey Lewis) – catch up, and they want the money from the robbery. Thunderbolt explains that the money was in a one-room schoolhouse, but the building has disappeared and the other member of the team who knew about it is dead. Lightfoot has a suggestion: pull the same robbery of the same company over again, because nobody will be expecting it.The four of them plan out the robbery, including timing the police for how long they'd get there, getting the outer safe combination from the security company manager, preventing the telegraph operator from being able to warn the police when the silent alarm rings there, then two of them sneaking into a drive-in next door to the security company by hiding in the trunk along with the money after they rob the security company, while just Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (dressed as a woman) apparently ride into the theatre.The police show up shortly after the robbery, and because Red sneezes and a shirt was showing from the trunk of the car, the drive-in cashier figures they were sneaking people into the theatre and the police are directed to them. They escape, but in the process Goody (in the trunk) is shot by the police. Red dumps the dying man out, crawls into the passenger area through the back seat hatch, and takes over the car at gunpoint. He pistol-whips the other men and kicks Lightfoot in the head because he doesn't like him, and drives away...straight into a police roadblock. They shoot him, he crashes into the department store where he worked as a cover and is mauled by the junkyard dogs the store has in the building overnight to keep out burglars.Thunderbolt and Lightfoot hitchhike out of town, then discover a one-room schoolhouse. The building had been moved, intact, a year earlier. They take the blackboard off the wall, and find the money from the original robbery, just as it had been hidden. Cut to a scene where Thunderbolt is driving out of a dealer with a brand new Cadillac convertible, picks up Lightfoot, and they drive off to see what's over the next mountain......only the beating Lightfoot took from Red caused some sort of brain trauma, and he collapses into the passenger seat, dead. Thunderbolt, even though he got away with the money, is unhappy at the death of his friend as he continues driving down the road.