Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (film)
|Even Cowgirls Get the Blues|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gus Van Sant, Jr.|
|Produced by||Gus Van Sant, Jr.
Gus Van Sant, Jr.
|Narrated by||Tom Robbins|
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Ed Begley, Jr.
|Music by||k.d. lang
|Cinematography||John J. Campbell
Eric Alan Edwards
|Editing by||Curtiss Clayton
Gus Van Sant, Jr.
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Release dates||September 13, 1993 (Toronto)
May 20, 1994
|Running time||95 minutes|
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1994 American comedy-drama-romance film based on the 1976 Tom Robbins novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant, Jr. and starred Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, and Grace Zabriskie. Tom 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 was a critical and commercial failure. After its world premiere in September 1993 at the Toronto Film Festival, the film was set to open, but due to the negative response, it was delayed for more editing. The United States wide release was May 20, 1994. It was given two Razzie Award nominations: Worst Actress (Uma Thurman) and Worst Supporting Actress (Sean Young). This movie holds a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film's credits refer to Gus Van Sant as Gus Van Sant, Jr.
The film tells the story of Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman), 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 who introduces her to the man whom she will marry, a staid Mohawk named Julian Gitche (Keanu Reeves). In her later travels, she encounters, among many others, a sexually open cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix) and an itinerant escapee from the Japanese internment camps happily mislabeled "The Chink" (Pat Morita).
- Tom Robbins (voice) as Narrator
- Uma Thurman as Sissy Hankshaw
- Lorraine Bracco as Delores Del Ruby
- Pat Morita as The Chink
- Angie Dickinson as Miss Adrian
- Keanu Reeves as Julian Gitche
- John Hurt as The Countess
- Rain Phoenix as Bonanza Jellybean
- Ed Begley, Jr. as Rupert
- Carol Kane as Carla
- Sean Young as Marie Barth
- Crispin Glover as Howard Barth
- Rosanne Barr as Madame Zoe
- Buck Henry as Dr. Dreyfus
- 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
|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)
|Canadian RPM Country Albums||6|
|Canadian RPM Top Albums||47|
|U.S. Billboard 200||82|
The film was on DVD in the United States on November 2, 2004 through New Line Home Entertainment 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.
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- Amazon.com: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music: k.d. lang
- "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Original Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues at the Internet Movie Database
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- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues at Box Office Mojo
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues at Rotten Tomatoes
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