Lonesome Cowboys

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Lonesome Cowboys
original film poster
Directed by Andy Warhol
Produced by Paul Morrissey
Written by Paul Morrissey
Starring Joe Dallesandro
Eric Emerson
Taylor Mead
Julian Burroughs
Cinematography Paul Morrissey
Edited by Paul Morrissey
Distributed by Sherpix
Release date
  • November 1968 (1968-11) (SFIFF)
  • May 5, 1969 (1969-05-05) (New York City)
Running time
109 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lonesome Cowboys is a 1968 film by American filmmaker Andy Warhol. Written by Paul Morrissey, the film is a satire of Hollywood westerns. The film won the Best Film Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.


Lonesome Cowboys was shot in January 1968 in Old Tucson and Rancho Linda Vista Dude Ranch in Oracle, Arizona, on a budget of $3,000.[1] The film features Warhol superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Eric Emerson and Joe Dallesandro. The plot is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, hence the names Julian and Ramona of the two leads.

Warhol initially planned to title the film Fuck, then The Glory of the Fuck.[2] Warhol and Morrissey settled on Lonesome Cowboys while Warhol was convalescing following the attempt on his life by Valerie Solanas. John Schlesinger was filming Midnight Cowboy, which featured several members of Warhol's entourage, including Viva and Ultra Violet who, with Morrissey, shot a separate short film during shooting of Midnight Cowboy's elaborate party scene.[3] Warhol initially endorsed the participation of his people but grew resentful at what he perceived as Schlesinger's poaching of Warhol's scene. Warhol decided to undercut Schlesinger by naming this film Lonesome Cowboys as a reference to Midnight Cowboy.[4]



In August 1969, the film was seized by police in Atlanta, Georgia, and the theater personnel arrested.[5]


A 2010 remake by Marianne Dissard titled Lonesome Cowgirls, was shot in Tucson, Arizona.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hofler, p. 77
  2. ^ Hofler, p. 3
  3. ^ Hofler, p. 63
  4. ^ Hofler, pp. 74–75
  5. ^ WarholStars entry


  • Hofler, Robert (2014). Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange - How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos. New York: itbooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0-06-208834-5.

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