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First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 July 2020 (USA)
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A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

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Kelly Reichardt

Writers:

Jonathan Raymond (based upon the novel "The Half-Life" by) (as Jon Raymond), Jonathan Raymond (screenplay) (as Jon Raymond) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alia Shawkat ... Woman with Dog
John Magaro ... Cookie
Dylan Smith ... Trapper Jack
Ryan Findley Ryan Findley ... Tapper Dame
Clayton Nemrow ... Trapper Clyde
Manuel Rodriguez ... Trapper Bill
Orion Lee ... King-Lu
Patrick D. Green ... Russian Trapper
Evie Evie ... The Cow
Ewen Bremner ... Lloyd
Jared Kasowski ... Thomas
Rene Auberjonois ... Man with Raven (as René Aubergenois)
Jean-Luc Boucherot Jean-Luc Boucherot ... Sailor in Saloon
Jeb Berrier ... Cribbage Player
John Keating ... Heckler in Saloon
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A loner and cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner's prized milking cow. Written by A24

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"Slow Elk" was suggested as an alternate title, as that's how cattle were known to Oregon's First People. See more »

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Cookie mentions he would like to have a business in San Francisco. However, since the film is set in the 1820s, at that time San Francisco was known as Yerba Buena. It didn't adopt the name of San Francisco until 1846. See more »

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Beautiful, realistic film

This is a marvelous film, that leaves out all the parts that are unnecessary, and includes the real life bits and pieces that add up to a wonderful story. It highlights the value of generosity, and creativity, while also unflinchingly telling the story of a hard life on the frontier. The intensity of hunger in the world, and the value of food are beautifully exhibited.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$101,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,068
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1.37 : 1
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