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Shane Butler
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Vincent Cusack (as Alan Leech)
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Gemma
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Keith
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Jerry
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Frankie
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The story concerns a hapless civil servant who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an apartment with a gay fashion student and finds himself on the catwalk. The film sets out to explore the difficulties for young people in keeping their identities in a fast moving culture of drugs and clubs. Written by Anonymous

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Coming of age is not quite as straightforward as it used to be... See more »

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23 July 2004 (Ireland)  »

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Amici per la vita  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,864 (USA) (17 September 2004)

Gross:

$33,700 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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Writer/director David Gleeson had worked in the Department of Agriculture office where the scenes in the movie were filmed. Some of the extras are the people with whom he used to work. See more »

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When they are behind bars, Vincent told Shane that he can't believe that he was caught by the police because of a joint smoking. He said that it was his first time to smoke a joint and that he even don't smoke, where in their first meet up with Shane while telling the story of his trip to France in 1997 he was smoking and you can see that he was kind a pro with it. See more »

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Shane: Are you gay?
Vincent Cusack: Why do you ask?
[pause]
Vincent Cusack: Yes, I am. It's the fashion thing, isn't it?
Shane: It's everything.
[sheepish grin]
Shane: I'm not, by the way.
Vincent Cusack: I figured.
Shane: It's the hair thing, isn't it?
Vincent Cusack: It's everything.
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Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »

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String Sonata no.1 in G major -moderato
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (as Rossini)
Provided by de Wolfe Music
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Unexpectedly well done and worthwhile
5 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's rare to come across exceptionally well done movies like this one that manage to stay hidden for years? Cowboys is a genuine rare gem.

This cleverly written Irish drama is highly entertaining and realistic. But it's tilted just a few degrees off axis making it fresh and unpredictable. This is familiar subject matter given a genuine makeover with a few Irish twists. It's the sort of film that makes wading through all the junk at film festivals worthwhile.

On a more technical level, it never feels particularly low budget. The lead actors do a very credible job. The cinematography is honest and the sound, in particular, is way above average for this genre. There are a few stray threads hanging off the seams here and there, but the story and main characters are easily captivating enough to keep your attention elsewhere.

Others obviously consider this a gay themed movie but I don't agree. There's no gay romance and only a brief moments or hints of gay intimacy. There might be a tiny element of "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" here, but it's just one of many small subplots. It's much more a coming of age movie--and, as such, it clearly excels.


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