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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Actors: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves
Director: Gus Van Sant
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
R     2004     1hr 36min

From the director of Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho comes a star-studded comedy based on the best-selling novel by Tom Robbins. The cowgirls on the Rubber Rose Ranch are staging a rebellion. Delores Del ...  more »


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Actors: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves
Director: Gus Van Sant
Creators: Gus Van Sant, Eric McLeod, Laurie Parker, Lucy Phillips, Mary Ann Marino, Tom Robbins
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/02/2004
Original Release Date: 05/20/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 05/20/1994
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Re-Defines how bad a movie can be.
tavison | 03/26/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"There are movies like "Plan 9" that are so bad they have a charm about them, there are some like "Waterworld" that have the same inexplicable draw as a car accident, and there are some like "Desperate living" that you hate to admit you love. Cowgirls have none of these redemptions. The cast assembled has enough talent to make almost any plot watchable, and from what I've been told, the book is enjoyable.How then could this movie be so intolerably bad? To begin with, it seems the director brought together a cast of names with no other tie than what will bring in the 20 somethings. Then tell them to do their best Kevin Costner imitations. Open the book at random and start shooting whatever is on the page making sure to keep the wide expanses of America from being interesting in any way. Finally give the editing job to your brother-in-law, because the meat packing plant just laid him off. He does have twenty years of cutting experience.This movie now defines the basement for me. It is so bad, it isn't even good for being bad."
Too many saving graces
Kelly EC | England | 01/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When people ask me to name my favourite novel "Even cowgirls get the Blues" always springs to mind. A film translation can never match the intimacy you feel reading the book, but it can bring those treasured characters and locations to life. This is where the film version really shines.Gus Van Sant is my all time favourite director- his prevoius picture "My own private Idaho" broke my heart. It may have been over ambitious for him to bring this magical novel to the silver screen, but I find the fact that he did so, marvollously admirable. The storyline and ideals of this tale are truely unique and need to reach a wider audience.Uma Thurman is perfectly cast as Sissy. She displays both innocence and enigma quite beautifully. Support is given by a whole host of interesting performers- John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, Crispin Glover, William Burroughs and many of the "Idaho" cast make breezy cameo's. Tom Robbins himself performs voice-over narration. Little known fact- River Phoenix (to whom the film is dedicated) makes his final screen appearence as a birdwatcher in the climatic scenes.Read the book first- then give the film a chance!"
Van Sant's Bizarre Vision of the Plight of the Outsider
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Gus Van Sant explores deeper into his favorite theme of the plight of the outsider in this strange film.Not perfect, but it is a faithful adaptation of Robbins' classic novel.Some scenes tend to drag, but the overall effect of the film is mesmerising. Sissy Hankshaw joins Van Sant's gallery of outsiders alongside Bob,Mike,Suzanne Stone,Will Hunting and Norman Bates. Lots of cool movie star cameos and great acting from Uma Thurman and Rain Phoenix while Lorraine Bracco, John Hurt and Angie Dickinson camp it up."
Carra R Lane | 05/10/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Certainly one of the dozen or so worst movies ever released in any form, featuring a bizarrely abominable performance by Rain Joan of Arc Phoenix (River's sister, inevitably), as Bonanza Jellybean plus inconceivably awful voiceover narration by Tom Robbins, the author of the novel, which had/retains its peculiar sweet/loopy charms."