Cowboys & Angels (2003)



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A young man who moves away from his hometown finds a variety of new ideas and dangerous temptations awaiting him in this comedy from first-time director David Gleeson. Shane (Michael Legge) is a man in his early twenties who leaves the small Irish town of his birth and gets a job in the comparatively big city of Limerick. However, he soon discovers that his new position bores him to distraction. Shane also has to get an apartment, and finds himself looking for flats with Vincent (Allen Leech), a stylishly gay college student studying a course in fashion design. While Shane isn't gay, he ends up sharing an apartment with Vincent, and finds himself admiring his confidence and sense of style, not to mention his close friendship with Gemma (Amy Shiels), a beautiful girl who works at a nearby diner. One day, Shane happens upon a cache of drugs, which belong to Keith (David Murray), a neighbor involved in the local heroin trade. Keith discovers that Shane has his dope and soon bullies him into joining his gang, running money and drugs between Limerick and Dublin. Shane is more than reluctant, but knows that working as Keith's mule will pay better than his old job and allow him to follow in Vincent's footsteps and attend art school. Cowboys & Angels was screened in competition at the 2004 Los Angeles Outfest, a festival of gay- and lesbian-themed films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Special Interest , Gay & Lesbian
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Allen Leech
as Vincent
Amy Shiels
as Gemma
Frank Kelly
as Jerry
Colm Coogan
as Budgie
Sean Power
as Frankie
Frank Coughlan
as Richard Walsh
Nigel Mercier
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Cowboys & Angels

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

It's a sweet but slight film whose undeniable appeal is largely due to the performances of its flat-out adorable leads.

Full Review… | December 17, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

A feel-good coming-of-age movie that floats on a boatload of Irish charm.

December 10, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A likable if ordinary Irish indie that barely squeaks by on the charms of its leads.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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Enlivens the classic premise of innocent-in- the-city by moving its archetypal characters in unexpected directions.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Stack Cowboys against most of the fare American studios offer young adults and it's meatier by far.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Manages to be enjoyable despite its contrivances.

September 29, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Cowboys & Angels

Even though the characters are young and still discovering themselves, this movie is full of promise and a mature reminder that the only way out is through, and the only satisfaction is in being true to yourself. I loved the acting, the sincerity and believabiity of the relationship between a gay man and his straight roommate.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

It's alright. The whole drug dealing thing is quite unnecessary in my opinion. But it's a lovely story nonetheless.

Tang Watanasriyakul
Tang Watanasriyakul

One of my Flixter "best friends" I Mann said it best: "This is a beautiful movie about the ups and downs of starting to live on your own and of friendship and curiosity. Really lovely movie and I highly recommend it." ... so do I.

Glen Shrope
Glen Shrope

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