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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

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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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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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Trivia

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: 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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Connections

Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hydrophonic
Performed by Naked Funk
Written by J. Shaw / J. Lipsey
Used by permission from Pussyfoot Records
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
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humanist approach takes care of the rest
5 May 2004 | by marian_ryan131See all my reviews

Although it sounds like the premise for a formulaic sitcom, Cowboys and Angels turns out to be something entirely different. This big-hearted crowd pleaser, written and directed by David Gleeson, centers on Shane (Michael Legge), a lonely 20-year-old misfit who moves to the big city and takes on a gay roommate, fashion-design student Victor (Allen Leech).

After some queer-eye advice from the popular, outgoing Victor (new haircut, new wardrobe, new attitude), Shane begins to emerge from his shell. But an incidental friendship with the drug dealer who lives downstairs threatens to wreck his life just as it is beginning to come together.

Refreshingly, Cowboys and Angels uses its characters as people, not types, on its way to detailing Shane's gradual coming-of-age. Even with its brief running time, the movie feels slight and padded: The story technically ends 10 minutes before the movie does. But the lack of the expected gay-straight clichés puts you in a forgiving mood, and Gleeson's upbeat, humanist approach takes care of the rest.


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