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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sissy Hankshaw
... Delores Del Ruby
... The Chink (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
... Miss Adrian
... Julian Gitche
... The Countess
... Bonanza Jellybean
... Rupert
... Carla
... Marie Barth
... Howard Barth
... Madame Zoe (as Roseanne Arnold)
... Dr. Dreyfus
... Mrs. Hankshaw
Treva Jeffryes ... Young Sissy
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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 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.


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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,710,000
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The film cast includes seven Oscar nominees: John Hurt, Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Carol Kane, Buck Henry, and Edward James Olmos. It'd be eight if River Phoenix's cameo was confirmed. See more »

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Narrator: When in doubt, keep moving. There was no road that did not expect her nor vehicle she could not command.
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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 »

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Referenced in iZombie: Even Cowgirls Get the Black and Blues (2015) See more »

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String Quartet in G Minor; Opus 10
By Claude Debussy
Performed by Hollis Taylor, Lori Presthus, Kim Lorati and Karen Bryan
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You'll get the blues, all right....
6 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Uma Thurman plays Sissy, a young woman with a gypsy spirit (and freakishly large thumbs) who hitchhikes cross-country, eventually finding her true place amongst a group of peyote-enlightened cowgirls on a ranch devoted to preserving the Whooping Crane; Rain(bow) Phoenix is their lesbian leader, Bonanza Jellybean, who falls in love with Sissy, thumbs or not. Gus Van Sant directed and adapted Tom Robbins' book, but his satire has no primary target and just skitters all over the map, like Sissy (maybe that was his goal, but it's not involving for an audience). Notorious box-office flop wasn't so much panned as it was ignored, and one can see why: it's a series of sketches in search of a plot, and the performances, directorial touches and cinematography are all variable. Thurman is a stitch posing alongside the highway trying to get a ride, but this pretty much put the kibosh on Phoenix's career. Writer Buck Henry (who didn't write this, but perhaps should have) gives the most assured performance as the doctor who works on one of those thumbs.

Two thumbs down.


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