Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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Movie Info

A beautiful young woman with unusually big thumbs, Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman) decides, fittingly enough, to become a hitchhiker. After finding work as a model for feminine products, Sissy goes to shoot an ad at the Rubber Rose, a ranch owned by the Countess (John Hurt), the company's flamboyant cross-dressing head. While at the ranch, Sissy meets numerous other eccentric characters, including an outgoing and rebellious cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix).

Cast & Crew

Uma Thurman
Sissy Hankshaw
John Hurt
The Countess
Rain Phoenix
Bonanza Jellybean
Lorraine Bracco
Delores Del Ruby
Keanu Reeves
Julian Gitche
Pat Morita
The Chink
Sean Young
Marie Barth
Crispin Glover
Howard Barth
Gus Van Sant
Writer (Screenplay)
Tom Robbins
Writer (Novel)
Gus Van Sant
Executive Producer
Ben Mink
Original Music
John J. Campbell
Cinematographer
Eric Alan Edwards
Cinematographer
Gus Van Sant
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Critic Reviews for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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  • Gus Van Sant adapts Tom Robbins's comic, countercultural novel of the 70s... and while the results are both cheerful and occasionally inventive, they can't hold a candle to his previous features.

    December 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though the director's sensibility worked extraordinarily well when applied to hard-edged subject matter like "Drugstore Cowboy" and even "My Own Private Idaho," combining it with Robbins' flimsy jokiness has resulted in a film whose tedium is painful.

    December 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are just too many half-cooked ingredients in this utopian stew of a movie.

    January 18, 2013 | Full Review…

    Jack Kroll

    Newsweek
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  • Pic stays on the surface, without attempting any exploration of painful depths. Result is at best amusing; at worst, uninvolving, often confusing, and sometimes a little boring.

    September 24, 2008 | Full Review…

    Deborah Young

    Variety
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  • One of the many problems with Gus Van Sant's tortured, worked-over "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" is that Sissy Hankshaw talks like a novel, and a dated one at that.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Van Sant gets bogged down in a jumble of distracting subplots, and the movie finally just dribbles away, leaving audiences twiddling their thumbs.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

  • Sep 06, 2010
    I only watched this because Crispin is in it, and he had an okay part, but I didn't care for this movie at all. It tries too hard to be quirky and cool that it just misses the mark. I couldn't stand this movie, and I don't recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2009
    Gus van sant is probably the only director i know of who can make a film thats boring and interesting at the same time, in more than one case too... oh, yea and im most likely one out of like 5 people to give this more than a star!
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2009
    This has to be one of the worst films ever written.....seriously!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    Deep down, I wanted to like this movie, and I wanted it to be good. I wanted to like it in general, but also because this film has an infamous reputation for being terrible. I thought that it couldn't be that bad, and that it had to have at least one redeeming value or two. Well, it turns out that both I and the reputation are correct. This movie does suck..a lot. But it does have some interesting and quirky performances. However, all the absurdity in the world can't make up for the fact that this story and script are muddled, incoherent, and a rambling, random mess. I'm sure everyone had fun making this film, and I do appreciate nuttiness, but c'mon, what the hell even happens in this movie? I like the idea of a nice hippie with freaky oversized thumbs hitchhiking her way across the country. The idea of a bunch of raunchy cowgirls on a ranch is cool too. None of this comes together and really gels though. I like the cast. They are a large and diverse group of interesting characters. However, not all of the performances are all that great, and many of the characters are just goofy, shallow caricatures with little to no development. That said, they all try to put out a bit of effort at the very least. I do like John Hurt, though. In fact, he may be the highlight. He's a scream to watch run around in drag being flamboyant. This is probably one of his more brave, interesting, and eyebrow raising roles. I think a good way to describe this mostly, but not quite irredeemable failure is that it is kind of like a light and slightly sanitized version of a John Waters film...maybe. It's probably best as a campy cult classic midnight movie. I've never heard it get that status though. Everyone instead just seems to hate it. As camp, it is sometimes fun, but somehow this manages to be boring, even during some of the odder and more absurd moments. So yeah, this isn't a complete waste, but it is close.
    Chris W Super Reviewer

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