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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ()


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Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman) 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" (Sir John Hurt), sends her to his ranch in... See more »

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Sissy Hankshaw
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Delores Del Ruby
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The Chink (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
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Miss Adrian
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Julian Gitche
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The Countess
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Bonanza Jellybean
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Rupert
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Carla
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Marie Barth
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Howard Barth
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Madame Zoe (as Roseanne Arnold)
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Dr. Dreyfus
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Mrs. Hankshaw
Treva Jeffryes ...
Young Sissy
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Sissy's Daddy
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Sissy's Uncle
Allen Arnold ...
Lionel
Victoria Williams ...
Cowgirl Debbie
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Cowgirl Heather
Judy Robinson ...
Cowgirl Gloria
Betsy Roth ...
Cowgirl Mary
Arlene Wewa ...
Big Red
Heather Hershey ...
Cowgirl Donna
Dee Fowler ...
Cowgirl Kym
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Commercial Director
Wade Evans ...
Cameraman
Tom Peterson ...
Crewman
Alexa D'Avalon ...
Rubber Rose Bird Expert
Eric Hull ...
White House Undersecretary
Oliver Kirk ...
Sheriff
Joe Ivy ...
FBI Director
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FBI Agent
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Rubber Rose Maid
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Brain Surgeon
Molly Little ...
Salsa Singer
Scott Patrick Green ...
Pilgrim Man
Suzanne Solgot ...
Pilgrim Woman
Michael Parker ...
Pilgrim Driver
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Self (as William Burroughs)
Sherry Alps ...
Cowgirl
Eliza Butterfly ...
Cowgirl
Boo Connolly ...
Cowgirl
Christie Flenniken ...
Cowgirl
Stacey Hyder ...
Cowgirl
Tina Knaggs ...
Cowgirl
Tom Robbins ...
Narrator (voice)
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Naturalist filming whooping cranes from aircraft (uncredited)
Doug Cooeyate ...
Native American extra (uncredited)
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Musician at Barbecue (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gus Van Sant ... (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

Written by

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Tom Robbins ... (novel)
 
Gus Van Sant ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mary Ann Marino ... associate producer
Eric McLeod ... line producer
Laurie Parker ... producer
Lucy Phillips ... (segment "Cupid and Psyche") producer
Gus Van Sant ... executive producer (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

Music by

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k.d. lang
Ben Mink

Cinematography by

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John J. Campbell ... director of photography (as John Campbell)
Eric Alan Edwards ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Curtiss Clayton
Gus Van Sant ... (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

Editorial Department

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Jane Pia Abramowitz ... apprentice editor
Curtis Croeni ... first assistant editor
John Dowdell ... hd colorist
Amy E. Duddleston ... associate editor
Barbara Geary ... editorial intern
D-J Haanraadts ... apprentice editor
Phred Palmer ... post-production assistant
Lisa Rosen ... post-production assistant
Pamela Smith ... post-production assistant
Jeff Smithwick ... color timer
Melinda Tackett ... assistant negative cutter
Karen Thorndike ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Sharon Bialy ... (as Bialy)
Debi Manwiller ... (as Manwiller)
Richard Pagano ... (as Pagano)

Production Design by

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Missy Stewart

Art Direction by

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Dan Self

Set Decoration by

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Nina Bradford

Costume Design by

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Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Makeup Department

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Jaqueline Bordeaux ... hair assistant (as Jacqueline Bordeaux) / makeup assistant (as Jacqueline Bordeaux)
Caryn Brostoff ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Jackie Caydam ... prosthetics assistant
Bill Corso ... prosthetics assistant
Diane Duncan ... prosthetics assistant
Bernhard Eichholz ... prosthetics assistant
Eric Fiedler ... prosthetics assistant
Leon Laderach ... prosthetics assistant
Johnine Lake ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Cathy MacDonald ... makeup assistant
Leonard MacDonald ... key makeup artist
Gina Monaci ... hair designer / makeup designer
Anne Morgan ... (segment "Cupid and Psyche") hair stylist / key hair stylist / (segment "Cupid and Psyche") makeup artist
Shaun Smith ... prosthetics assistant

Production Management

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Susan J. Dupre ... post-production supervisor (as Susan Dupre)
Leslie A. Leitner ... post-production supervisor (as Leslie Leitner)
Eric McLeod ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phillip Christon ... first assistant director
Shiho Ito ... second assistant director
David Minkowski ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Casa Babbs ... scenic artist
Colin Bardon ... carpenter
Tom Bonauro ... art director: "Cupid and Psyche" sequence
Chas Bruce ... graphic artist
David P. Clemens ... construction lead (as David Clemens)
Jane Clugston ... sculptor: snake and bat
Tom Cramer ... artist: pilgrim van
Norbert 'Reno' Demaline ... carpenter
Tawny Duel ... carpenter
Sean Fong ... set dresser (as Sean Robert Fong)
Robbie Freed ... swing gang (as Robert Freed)
Ed Grecious ... carpenter
Benjamin Hayden ... leadman (as Benjamin Titus Hayden)
Sue Hutchins ... scenic artist
Jube Hyman ... art department intern
Anne Hyvarinen ... scenic charge
Malia Jensen ... scenic artist
Cynthia Lahti ... swing gang
Phred Palmer ... on-set dresser
Ryan Plucknett ... construction coordinator (as Ryan Jay Plucknett)
Jennifer Pray ... set dresser
Robie Price ... construction: "Cupid and Psyche" sequence (as Robi Price)
Charles T. Riggs ... carpenter (as Charles Riggs)
Rudjen Roldan ... assistant painter: backdrop, "Cupid and Psyche" sequence
Patrick Michael Ryan ... props: New York (as Patrick M. Ryan)
David Saltzman ... assistant property master
Jim Simard ... carpenter (as James Simard)
Blanche Sindelar ... property master (as Blanche C. Sindelar)
Gregg Smith ... stuffed squirrel: Elder Taxidermy
Damon Sullivan ... set dresser (as Damon Baird Sullivan)
Teresa Tamiyasu ... swing gang (as Teresa J. Tamiyasu)
Cathy Young ... scenic artist
Ken Erck ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Stuart Land ... sculpted giant 6-month embryo (uncredited)
Maureen O'Mara ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bill Telfer ... additional scenic art (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Peter Appleton ... sound editor
Kelley Baker ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Mary Bauer ... sound editor
Scot Charles ... adr recordist
David A. Cohen ... sound editor
Chris Douthit ... walla recordist
Malcolm Fife ... sound editor
Bill Gramaglia ... boom operator: New York
Charlene Hamer ... boom operator (as Char Hamer)
Jon Huck ... sound mixer
Parker Logan ... assistant sound editor
Richard Moore ... additional sound effects
Jennifer Myers ... foley artist
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist
Larry Oatfield ... sound editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Jim Pasque ... foley recordist
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (as W. Phillip Rogers)
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer
Greg Simon ... sound recordist
Concha Solano ... assistant sound editor
Patti Tauscher ... assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson ... foley mixer
John Verbeck ... sound editor
Don White ... re-recording mixer
Wayne Woods ... adr recordist (as W. Wayne Woods)
Kurt Peterson ... sound transfer (uncredited)
Scott Purdy ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jim Doyle ... special effects coordinator
Morgan Guynes ... special effects
Troy Turpin ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Maureen Claypool ... visual effects assistant
Michael Hinton ... creator: opticals and titles
Peter Nye ... (segment "Cupid and Psyche") backdrop creator
Chel White ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Jake Crawford ... stunt coordinator
Susie Flenniken ... stunts
Bart Heimburger ... stunt pilot
Jeff Imada ... stunts (as Jeffrey Imada)
Mike Johnson ... stunts
Jamie Jo Medearis ... stunts
Lynn Salvatori ... stunts
Tommy J. Huff ... truck stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kyle Accardi ... set electrician
Robert M. Andres ... key grip: New York (as Bob Andres)
Roy R. Bellows ... set electrician
Nils Benson ... second second assistant camera
Alec Boehm ... second assistant camera: New York
James Childers ... best boy grip: "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Steve Condiotti ... gaffer: "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Dino Corti ... grip: "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Daniel Ehrenbard ... gaffer: New York
Kevin Fletcher ... grip
Michael Fradianni ... electrician: New York
Michael Gall ... best boy
Gary Gatewood ... second assistant camera (as Gary D. Gatewood)
Mike Hanauska ... grip (as Michael Hanauska)
Gary Hildebrand ... electrician: New York
Brent Lawson ... best boy grip (as Brent T. Lawson)
Bruce Lawson ... key grip
Thomas D. Mangelsen ... special photographer: whooping cranes, Images of Nature
Mark McGinnis ... first assistant camera
Derek McKane ... generator operator: New York
Bruce Moore ... set electrician
Robie Price ... key grip: "Cupid and Psyche" segment (as Robi Price)
Richard Rutkowski ... first assistant camera: New York
Jamie Silverstein ... generator operator: New York
David Skutch ... best boy: New York
Abigayle Tarsches ... still photographer
Jani Vournas ... best boy electric: "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Paul Wachter ... grip: New York
Michael L. Williams ... gaffer

Animation Department

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Hal T. Hickel ... animator: maps (as Hal Hickel)
Schell Hickel ... animator: snake

Casting Department

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Susan Booker ... casting assistant
Mindy Leek ... extras casting
Lance Marrs ... extras casting assistant
Taft Richards ... extras casting assistant
Laverne Springer ... extras casting
Todd Thaler ... extras casting: New York

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Natasia Chan ... wardrobe assistant
Rainer Judd ... set costumer
Alexis Lecach ... stylist: "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Pamela Smith ... assistant costume designer
Pierre Trudeaux ... creator: wings, "Cupid and Psyche" segment
Vanessa Vogel ... key costumer

Location Management

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Sara Burton ... location manager
Terry Desylvia ... location legal services
Jeff Selis ... assistant location manager (as Jeffrey Selis)
Samuel S. Selis ... location assistant

Music Department

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Lincoln Adler ... musician: alto sax
James Austin ... music researcher
Teddy Borowiecki ... musician: keyboards and accordion
Delwyn Brooks ... second music engineer (as Delwin Brooks)
Matt Cartsonis ... music researcher (as Matthew Cartsonia)
Steve Einhorn ... music researcher
Toby Emmerich ... executive music producer (as Toby Emmerick)
Les July ... musician: bass
Anne King ... musician: baritone sax
Steve Kujala ... musician: flute (as Stephen Kujala)
k.d. lang ... music producer / musician: singer and guitars
Greg Leisz ... musician: steel guitar
Mike Lent ... musician: bass
Lee Manning ... second music engineer
Dennis Marcenko ... musician: bass
Ben Mink ... music producer / musician: guitars and strings
Dean Parks ... musician: wah guitar
Ann Patterson ... musician: trumpet
Tom Ralls ... musician: trombone
Mark Ramaer ... music mixer / music recordist
Chris Stephens ... musician: banjo
Randall Stoll ... musician: drums
Larry Wanagas ... music supervisor
Andy Warwick ... second music engineer
Greg Wells ... musician: percussion
Dick Bernstein ... music editor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Jane Goldsmith ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Pedro Amaya ... driver
Henry Boyle ... driver: New York
Thomas Buckman ... driver: New York (as Tom Buckman)
Peter S. Cassella ... driver: New York (as Peter Cassella Jr.)
Wojciech Debowski ... parking coordinator: New York
Bryan Deck ... driver
William 'Fleet' Eakland ... transportation coordinator
James Giblin ... transportation coordinator: New York
Tom Gohn ... driver
Bart Heimburger ... picture car coordinator
Doug Hiserodt ... driver
James Holmes ... transportation captain
Joe Mallon ... driver: New York
Steve H. Pape ... driver (as Steve Pape)
Vern Porter ... driver
Marvin LaRoy Sanders ... driver
Dana Schisler ... driver
Bruce Simballa ... driver (as Bruce Simbala)
Malgorzata Soja ... parking assistant: New York
Eric Solmonson ... driver
Clint Yoakum ... driver (as Clingt Yoakam)

Other crew

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Julie Ashby ... caterer: 'Cupid and Psyche' segment
Simon Babbs ... security
Andy del Barco ... production assistant: New York
Peter Barnett ... caterer: Premiere Catering
Kaj. Sören Benson ... baby buddha
Tom Bonauro ... title designer
Ruby Burns ... choreographer
John Choe ... additional typesetter
Julian Cole ... set production assistant
Mickey Cottrell ... publicist: production company
Connie Crabtree ... craft service
Bob Currie ... production assistant: New York
Beth DePatie ... production coordinator
Tom DeWolf ... projectionist
Jann Dryer ... choreographer
Ann Du Val ... legal assistant
Matthew Ebert ... talent wrangler
Gwen Everman ... production accountant
Susie Flenniken ... horse trainer / trainer: cowgirl riding and roping
Tommye Flenniken ... horse trainer
Tom Forrest ... production coordinator: New York
T. Ganden ... set production assistant
Kris Geier ... production assistant: New York
Sarah Girgis ... model: Psyche, 'Cupid and Psyche' segment
Anne Gordon ... animal trainer
Jamie Haggerty ... armatures
Mary Esther Hart ... snake wrangler
Wayne Hashman ... assistant chef
Roger B. Henry ... assistant to director
Cindia Huppeler ... dialogue coach
James R. Kelly Jr. ... production office assistant
Chris King ... projectionist
J.W. Koch ... weapons consultant (as JW Koch)
Christopher McEnroe ... production assistant: New York (as Chris McEnroe)
John Memering ... chef
Janelle Moody ... stand-in
Keiran O'Brien ... projectionist
Brian Odo ... production office assistant
Jamie Oliveri ... assistant title designer
Steven Rafael ... unit publicist
Mary Raimondo ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Jeri Rossi ... production assistant: New York
Patrick Michael Ryan ... set production assistant (as Patrick M. Ryan)
Scott Samios ... production assistant: New York
Jerry Sanderfer ... security (as Jerry R. Sandefer)
Michael J. Santoro ... assistant chef (as Mike Santoro)
Jade Semiprecious ... model: Cupid, 'Cupid and Psyche' segment (as Jade Semi-Precious)
Dawn M. Severdia ... assistant production coordinator (as Dawn Severdia)
Siobhan ... craft service: New York
Buz Sisk ... helicopter pilot
Robert Skarsten ... first aid
Pamela Smith ... assistant to producer
John V. Stuckmeyer ... completion executive
Kristin Swanson ... production office assistant
T. Thurman ... set production assistant
Heidi Topper ... production assistant: New York
Paulina Torres-Anker ... first aid
Gus Van Sant Sr. ... additional accounting services
Chandler Vinar ... security
Jerome Waag ... production assistant: 'Cupid and Psyche' segment
Whitney J. Willard ... assistant production accountant
Daniel Nyiri ... behind the scenes video: writer and producer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Christopher Lee ... special thanks
Annie Leibovitz ... special thanks (as Annie Leibowitz)
River Phoenix ... dedicatee (as River)
Tom Robbins ... special thanks
Gus Van Sant Sr. ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman) 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" (Sir John Hurt), sends her to his ranch in California to shoot a commercial, set against the background of mating whooping cranes. There, she befriends Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix), 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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Taglines There have been many great drivers but only one great passenger. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Même les cowgirls ont du vague à l'âme (France)
  • Cowgirl Blues (Germany)
  • Even cowgirls get the blues: ellas también se deprimen (Spain)
  • Elles també es deprimeixen (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Ellas también se deprimen (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie was dedicated to River Phoenix, who is said to have a small nameless cameo in it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Maverick/Trading Mom/The Return of Jafar/Widows' Peak/Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Just Keep Me Moving See more »
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 »
Quotes Sissy Hankshaw: They're drugged?
Bonanza Jellybean: Oh, come off it, Sissy. What do you mean, drugged? Every living thing has a chemical composition, and anything that is added to it changes that composition. If you eat a cheeseburger or a Three Musketeers bar, it changes your body chemistry. The kind of food you eat, the kind of air you breathe, can change your mental state. Does that mean you're drugged?
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