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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 May 1994 (USA)
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Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delores Del Ruby
The Chink (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
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Howard Barth
Madame Zoe (as Roseanne Arnold)
Dr. Dreyfus
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Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising and her NY agent 'the Countess' sends her to his ranch in CA 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 <>

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

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

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20 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Até as Vaqueiras Ficam Tristes  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$1,710,000 (USA)

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Dr. Dreyfus: But as the painter Van Gogh said, Mysteries remain, sorrow or melancholy remains,but the everlasting negative is balanced by the positive work which thus is achieved after all."
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Disappointment for Tom Robbins fans
5 July 2005 | by (United States) – 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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