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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

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Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the U.S. from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising, and her New York agent, "the Countess", sends ... See full summary »


(as Gus Van Sant Jr.)


(novel), (screenplay)
4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Chink (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Miss Adrian
Marie Barth
Howard Barth
Madame Zoe (as Roseanne Arnold)
Mrs. Hankshaw
Treva Jeffryes ...
Young Sissy


Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the U.S. from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising, and her New York agent, "the Countess", sends her to his ranch in California to shoot a commercial, set against the background of mating whooping cranes. There, she befriends Bonanza Jellybean, one of the cowgirls at the beauty ranch. The cowgirls take command of the ranch from the Countess, and drug the cranes with peyote. The police besiege the ranch. Written by Pieter van Scherpenberg <mediavis@netland.nl>

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There have been many great drivers but only one great passenger.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Até as Vaqueiras Ficam Tristes  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lily Tomlin turned down the role of Miss Adrian. See more »


Sissy Hankshaw: Well, I've always been proud of the way nature singled me out. It's the people who have been deformed by society I feel sorry for.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, lot of stars rise in the sky. One, aside and slower than the others, writes the words "For River". [River Phoenix] See more »


Referenced in The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.12 (1998) See more »


Written by k.d. lang and Ben Mink
Jane Hathaway's Publishing Co./Bumstead U.S. Publishing (ASCAP)
Zavion Publishing (SOCAN)
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Disappointment for Tom Robbins fans
5 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely love all of Tom Robbins books, so I was very excited and interested to see a movie made after one of his books. I knew that there would be no way that the movie would capture even half of Robbins' magic, but after seeing the movie, it made me never want to read the book again. The movie Even Cowgirls Get the Blues doesn't include an eighth of the content in the book, and it seems to focus more on the love connection between Bonanza Jellybean and Sissy than anything else. Along with the incredibly weak plot line in the movie, I think that better actors definitely could have been chosen to play the characters. The only actors in the movie that I thought played their roles fit to Robbins' descriptions in the book were Julian's friends, in their five minute clip in the beginning of the movie. Those who haven't read the book might enjoy the movie, but as a huge Tom Robbins fan, this movie was nothing but a disappointment.

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