Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (film)
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|Even Cowgirls Get the Blues|
|The poster features Uma Thurman squatting along a highway with her thumb out hitch-hiking
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gus Van Sant|
|Screenplay by||Gus Van Sant|
|Based on||Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
by Tom Robbins
|Narrated by||Tom Robbins|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Box office||$1.7 million|
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film based on Tom Robbins' 1976 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant (credited as Gus Van Sant, Jr.) and starred an ensemble cast led by Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, and Rain Phoenix. Robbins himself was the narrator. The soundtrack was sung entirely by k.d. lang. The film was dedicated to the late River Phoenix.
The film tells the story of Sissy Hankshaw, a woman born with a mutation (she would not call it a defect) giving her enormously large thumbs. The film is a transgressive romp, covering topics from homosexuality and free love to drug use and political rebellion to animal rights and body odor and religions. Sissy makes the most of her thumbs by becoming a hitchhiker. Her travels take her to New York, where she becomes a model for a transvestite feminine hygiene products mogul, known as The Countess, who introduces her to the man whom she will marry, an asthmatic, staid Mohawk named Julian Gitche. In her later travels, she encounters, among many others, a sexually open cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean and an itinerant escapee from the Japanese internment camps happily mislabeled "The Chink".
- Tom Robbins (voice) as Narrator
- Uma Thurman as Sissy Hankshaw
- Treva Jeffryes as young Sissy
- Lorraine Bracco as Delores Del Ruby
- Angie Dickinson as Miss Adrian
- Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as The Chink
- Keanu Reeves as Julian Gitche
- John Hurt as The Countess
- Rain Phoenix as Bonanza Jellybean
- Roseanne Arnold as Madame Zoe
- Ed Begley, Jr. as Rupert
- Crispin Glover as Howard Barth
- Buck Henry as Dr. Dreyfus
- Carol Kane as Carla
- Sean Young as Marie Barth
- Victoria Williams as Cowgirl Debbie
- Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. Hankshaw
- Ken Kesey as Mr. Hankshaw
- Heather Graham as Cowgirl Heather
- Udo Kier as Commercial Director
- Lin Shaye as Rubber Rose Maid
- William Burroughs as Himself
- Edward James Olmos (uncredited) as Musician at Barbecue
- River Phoenix (uncredited) as Pilgrim
The film was a critical and commercial failure. After its world premiere in September 1993 at the 1993 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was set to open, but due to the negative response, it was delayed for more editing. The film opened in wide release on May 20, 1994 and grossed a mere $1,708,873 on an estimated $8 million budget. It currently holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress - Uma Thurman (nominated - lost to Sharon Stone)
- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress - Sean Young (nominated - lost to Rosie O'Donnell)
The film was released on Region 1 DVD on November 2, 2004, containing its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It received a second DVD release in the United States from UCA on April 6, 2010, now in a new cropped 1.78:1 widescreen version.
In 2007, the film received its first DVD release in the UK from Universal Home Entertainment in a 1.33:1 full frame version.
|Even Cowgirls Get the Blues|
|Soundtrack album by k.d. lang|
|Released||November 2, 1993|
|k.d. lang chronology|
|Los Angeles Times|||
The soundtrack was released on November 2, 1993 by Rhino Records. k.d. lang performed the music. The album was composed by k.d. lang and Ben Mink. The soundtrack went top 10 in Australia and top 5 in New Zealand (#10 and #4, respectively), and also peaked at #82 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
- "Just Keep Me Moving" (3:56)
- "Much Finer Place" (0:51)
- "Or Was I" (3:07)
- "Hush Sweet Lover" (4:05)
- "Myth" (4:08)
- "Apogee" (0:37)
- "Virtual Vortex" (0:44)
- "Lifted by Love" (3:02)
- "Overture" (2:03)
- "Kundalini Yoga Waltz" (1:07)
- "In Perfect Dreams" (3:07)
- "Curious Soul Astray" (3:40)
- "Ride of Bonanza Jellybean" (1:47)
- "Don't Be a Lemming Polka" (2:17)
- "Sweet Little Cherokee" (2:48)
- "Cowgirl Pride" (1:47)
- Chart performance
|Canadian RPM Country Albums||6|
|Canadian RPM Top Albums||47|
|U.S. Billboard 200||82|
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- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues at Box Office Mojo
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