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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)

Uma Thurman , Lorraine Bracco , Gus Van Sant  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Gus Van Sant, Tom Robbins
  • Producers: Gus Van Sant, Eric McLeod, Laurie Parker, Lucy Phillips, Mary Ann Marino
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002XNT0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" on IMDb

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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 Ruby (Bracco) is leading the uproarious uprising, but it?s really Sissy Hankshaw (Thurman) who?s providing the spiritual leadership for this rag-tag bunch of female bandits. With her marvelous thumbs and her funky brand of femininity, she shatters all male chauvinist illusions and boldly goes where no woman has gone before.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Making Sense February 24, 2000
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After reading the Robbins novel my sophomore year in high school, I was fortunate enough to see this movie three times in the theatre shortly after it got released. Watching it again tonight reminded me of how much it blew my mind back then. Granted, the whole thing is gratuitously symbolic, and most of the actors speak as if they'd just skimmed their lines for the first time seconds before going on camera. Still, Even Cowgirls has a fun, campy quality to it that shouldn't be overlooked. If you like Tom Robbins then you'll appreciate the narration and the way Van Sant has the characters talk to one another. Plus the story is lovable ("greater freedom of movement"), the cast is all-star, the costumes are a riot, and William Burroughs is in it! Just relax and enjoy.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too many saving graces January 19, 2001
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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!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Induced a blinding rage deep withing my soul! April 10, 2001
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How could this "film" be credited with trying to capture the essence of the novel?!? Do not even attempt at THINKING of this film, let alone watching it, as it may cause you to doubt any faith you had in the human brain's capacity for creativity and artistic vision.
The characters protrayed in the film are nothing like the ones you meet in the novel. Every facet of this movie is horrible. It's uncomfortable to watch. Maddening even, if you are a Tom Robbins fan.
Do yourself a favour and read the book. Then read it again. If you ever come across this movie (in any form) run, duck, cover, do ANYTHING to avoid it!!! I'd rather watch the fermentation process of pudding than this abomination!
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-Defines how bad a movie can be. March 26, 2002
By Tavison
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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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars YIPES!! May 10, 2001
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A brave project from the director of Good Will Hunting January 28, 2002
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Gus Van Sant is a bold film maker. He experiments with unusual ideas and occasionally hits the jackpot. Most would agree that Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester were successful in every way, but this picture generates violent disagreement. Sadly the majority would dismiss this film as a failed experiment to bring an odd 1970s lesbian cowboy novel to the big screen. There is however a vocal minority who absolutely love the quirkiness of this film. Its difference is at the heart of its charm, and together with Uma Thurman's star quality and k.d. lang's score this movie rises above the everyday action comedy dramas or romances most film-makers are producing.
I have read the book and Van Sant's adaptation is very faithful. The sexuality is only hinted at and this is carried forward in the film in the brief scenes of touching between Rain Phoenix and Uma Thurman. Despite being twenty years old, Rain still manages to look like a young teenager, and this perhaps undermines the intention of the scenes with her. If there is such a thing as perfect casting it is that of k.d. lang as the soundtrack composer and performer, which fits as perfectly as you would expect. John Hurt almost reprises his Quentin Crisp in his role as The Duchess, a much louder performance than I imagined from the book, but nevertheless funny and well-observed. All in all, there are some enjoyable and interesting bits and pieces in this film, even if it doesn't quite hit the high tide mark of Van Sant's other achievements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Uma Thurman... Need I say more?
Published 2 months ago by Tyla Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Stacey Hammons
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to Go
Quick shipping and DVD in excellant condition. The flick is insane but tht is why I chose to add it to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by James Becker
3.0 out of 5 stars Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a quirky movie..
Very sexual. Uma Thurman is a young woman in control of her hitchhiking universe. But when she expands that universe and falls in love, she finds out she was not really in control... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynette Oliva
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as good as the book (but movies rarely are). Still, it's weirdly enjoyable.
Published 3 months ago by Charlie Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is about all the reviews you will get from me, As you don't look at them! If you did you would NOT have whoever sells Levi's on your web site SELL ANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 9 months ago by John G.Rhiel
4.0 out of 5 stars This is funny
You need to be open minded when viewing this .I enjoyed it very much. Every women should watch this with her husband or friend and look at their expression of what is going on and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Patricia Hardin
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it!
This is the worst. I think everyone was super high while making this movie. It is put together horribly. I didn't make it through the whole movie it was painful to watch.
Published 18 months ago by Elisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I read the book, & watched the movie back in college. I once again read the book, and watched the movie. Not only were both great, but it brought me back to my college days.
Published 21 months ago by Gretchen K Grimm
2.0 out of 5 stars Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
It was to hard to follow. I love Uma movies. This one, I didn't finish watching after falling asleep on it, maybe, halfway through.
Published 22 months ago by Gwenda Naylor
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