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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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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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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

Richard: Look at you. Look at the state of you. You can't keep burning the candle at both ends you know.
Shane: [turns to him] It's my wick and I'll go out in flames if I want to.
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Connections

Featured in 2005 Glitter Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Crazy
Performed by Space Raiders
Words and Music by Hornby / Bradford / Jenkins
Published by Skint Music/Sony/ATV Music Pub
Appears courtesy of Skint Records
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Colorful, bold and exhilaratingly alive
8 April 2004 | by greenbuffSee all my reviews

Flat-mate wanted: apply within. So begins the sweetest straight-gay friendship in recent memory. Shane is a lost and lonely 20 year-old civil servant from the suburbs; he's adorably hetero and has no sense of style. His new roommate in the big city is Vincent, a hot young fashion student, queer, innately stylish, full of life, surrounded by friends, and able to pick up a hot daddy in ten seconds. For Shane, Vincent unlocks buried artistic dreams and a burning need to embrace the adventure of youth. For Vincent, Shane is...well...he's a makeover project, inside and out. And soon enough, he's in serious trouble. Filled with just enough confidence to make just the wrong move, Shane falls in with two drug-dealing thugs downstairs, and things get dangerous fast. As he spins out of control, Vincent flinches from the monster he's created. But the flat has thin walls, and even at their worst, Shane and Vincent never stop listening for each other. Refreshingly, writer/director David Gleeson's vision of this friendship transcends all that we've come to expect from a gay-straight relationship onscreen. The warmth and youthful optimism that emerge from this duo is positively infectious, and Michael Legge and Allen Leech effortlessly bring to life one of the rarest kinds of love. Gleeson's production is polished and lyrical; like Shane's clothing designs, Cowboys and Angels is colorful, bold and exhilaratingly alive.


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