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Cowboys & Angels (2003)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 23 July 2004 (Ireland)
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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... See full summary »

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David Gleeson

Writer:

David Gleeson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Legge ... Shane Butler
Allen Leech ... Vincent Cusack (as Alan Leech)
Amy Shiels ... Gemma
David Murray ... Keith
Frank Kelly ... Jerry
Colm Coogan Colm Coogan ... Budgie
Sean Power ... Frankie
Alvaro Lucchesi Alvaro Lucchesi ... Bunny
Frank Coughlan Frank Coughlan ... Richard Walsh
Nigel Mercier ... Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Barry Jennifer Barry ... Estate Agent
Jason Cahill Jason Cahill ... Bouncer
Padraig Campbell Padraig Campbell ... Detective Black
Louise Carey Louise Carey ... Girl in Street
Michael Carney Michael Carney ... Gardai
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amici per la vita See more »

Filming Locations:

County Limerick, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,864, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,700, 19 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Shane: Now, for the first time in my life, I can see what is beautiful, and what's really important. And it's all around. So close, you just have to reach out and it's there. I've found my voice. Show me how to use it.
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Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »

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Is It A Sin
Written by Joel Edwards and Matt Schwartz
(c) Warner/Chappell Music Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Unexpectedly well done and worthwhile
5 June 2006 | by mikeatlargeSee 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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