The Cow (film)

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For the similarly titled Chinese film, see Cow (film).
The Cow
DVD cover
Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
Produced by Dariush Mehrjui
Written by Dariush Mehrjui
Gholam Hossein Saedi
Starring Ezzatolah Entezami
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Parviz Fannizadeh
Jamshid Mashayekhi
Ali Nassirian
Ezatallah Ramezanifar
Esmat Safavi
Music by Hormoz Farhat
Cinematography Fereydon Ghovanlou
Release dates
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time 100 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

The Cow (Persian: گاو‎, Gāv or Gāāv) is a 1969 Iranian film directed by Dariush Mehrjui, written by Gholam-Hossein Saedi based on his own play and novel, and starring Ezzatolah Entezami as Masht Hassan. Critics widely consider it the first film of the "New Wave".[1]


a young boy goes to his dads farm and has to look after a sick cow in need of help.

it is truly called cow but it makes more sense with the word the in front.


The Samanid prince Nooh ibn Mansur was reported to have thought of himself as a cow. He was subsequently cured of his delusion by the medieval Persian physician Avicenna. It is possible that elements of the plot of The Cow were inspired by this.1


Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini was reported to have admired this film. This in turn was reported to have been the saving grace that allowed Iranian cinema to continue without rather than being banned after the Iranian Islamic Revolution.[2]



  1. ^ A different lens
  2. ^ "The Cow « Thirtyframesasecond". 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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