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Lonesome Cowboys (1968)

Five lonesome cowboys get all hot & bothered at home en the range after confronting Ramona Alvarez and her nurse.


Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey (uncredited)


Paul Morrissey




Cast overview:
Viva ... Ramona D'Alvarez
Tom Hompertz Tom Hompertz ... Julian
Louis Waldon Louis Waldon ... Mickey
Eric Emerson Eric Emerson ... Eric
Taylor Mead ... Nurse
Joe Dallesandro ... Little Joe
Francis Francine Francis Francine ... Sheriff
Julian Burrough Julian Burrough ... Julian - Brother
Allen Midgette ... Brother


In the wild wild west, Ramona Alvarez and her perpetually stoned nurse run into five gay cowboys. The seven members of the party desire a handsome male drifter, except for the transvestite sheriff, who can't be bothered about anything but his outfit. All hot & bothered at this point, the cowboys rape Ramona, who subsequently has sex with the drifter and, in the afterglow of sex, wants to form a suicide pact with him. The drifter rejects her new desire and rides off into the sunset with another man. Written by Tummy AuGratin

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Western


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The cast was supposed to include both Brigid Berlin (aka Brigid Polk) and Ondine but according to David Bourdon, both failed to show up. See more »

Alternate Versions

One version includes a title track by Bob Goldstein during the opening sex scene between Viva and Tom Hompertz who was an art student that Andy had met the previous year while lecturing at an art school in California. This version also has opening credits after this scene. In another version, there are no credits and no song - just an assortment of extraneous sounds during the opening scene. See more »


Referenced in Love Again: Episode #1.15 (2012) See more »

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The most unconventional western ever made.
19 October 2000 | by czar-10See all my reviews

An outrageously funny spoof on the Western film, Lonesome Cowboys is a synthesis of Warhol's sorties into the New York underworld, but much more humorous and with closer adherence to a nonsensical plot. The film was photographed in Arizona, in a ghost town where (somehow) two of Warhol's superstars are discovered. The incongruous montebanks happen to be Viva, as chic and sarcastic as she was in Bike Boy and resembling a displaced model for Hound and Horn, and Taylor Mead. Mr. Mead is the zany of our time, and when five mysterious cowhands saunter into town, the hilarity commences. The cowboys are an odd assortment, a bit androgynous and city-wise, and they interact with the two in varying attitudes of lust and indifference in set-pieces of inspired film comedy. Often, Lonesome Cowboys reaches the ultimate in surrealist imagery: cowboy-deputy Mead performing the Lupe Velez Twist, his own choreographic distortion; or one of the cowboys performing ballet exercises at the hitching post. Viva's langorous seduction of the most innocent-looking among the cowboys is actually a satirical comment on sexual artifice. This erotic, sagebrush comedy has its cruel edge, and one feels that Andy Warhol attempts to make some statement about the nature of brotherly love and the impossibility of virtue rewarded in these times of fallen idols. Select just about any Warhol film from the mid-sixties and you'll find a scandal tucked away. Lonesome Cowboys's most notable run-in with the law was in Atlanta where it was seized after replacing Gone with the Wind in a mall theater. Lonesome Cowboys is filled with wildly comic setpieces, including a cowboy practising ballet moves at the hitching post and a peevish lecture on the misuse of mascara. These desperadoes are real trailblazers when it comes to libidinous appetites and it is here that Lonesome Cowboys distinguishes itself from the herd. Unflinchingly, Warhol shoots down the myth of the de-sexed cowhand.

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Release Date:

12 May 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ramona and Julian See more »

Filming Locations:

Oracle, Arizona, USA See more »


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Andy Warhol Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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