Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

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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 ... See full summary »




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17 October 1999 | JoElin
and you Right-Wingers thought that "Harold and Maude" was odd
If you think that being a model for a female hygiene company owned by a man who says the hardest thing about his childhood was being born a female Russian aristocrat to a strict southern Baptist home is funny, than this film may be for you. Personally, I kind of have a soft spot for it, mainly because I hate movies to be disregarded simply because they're "weird." Uma Thurman gives a good, quiet performance and that old guy from the "Karate Kid" appears. All in all, I thought it was interesting but I would never rent it again.

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The cast includes seven Oscar nominees: Sir John Hurt, Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Carol Kane, Buck Henry, and Edward James Olmos. It'd be eight if River Phoenix's cameo was confirmed.


Sissy Hankshaw: If it's sloppy, says The Chink, best to eat it over the sink.

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]

Alternate Versions

Gus Van Sant's original version was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival in 1993 before the film was pulled at his own request and reworked. The most significant differences are described in a N.Y.Times article from May 15 1994: "The New York scenes, and Sissy's relationship with an urbanized Mohawk Indian (played by Keanu Reeves), were cut back in the interest of beefing up the ranch scenes and focusing more attention on the relationship between Sissy and Bonanza Jellybean, a straight-shooting cowgirl played by Rain Phoenix. The novelist William Burroughs survived the editing. Audiences will see him cross a Manhattan street, look at the traffic and utter three syllables: "Ominous." Roseanne Arnold, however, will see her cameo as a gypsy fortuneteller whittled down to a mini-cameo. Most dramatically, Mr. Van Sant shed an entire subplot, about the mysterious Clock People, keepers of the keys to cosmic consciousness, and the source of the original film's final image (as well as the clock on the paperback cover). In the first version, Sissy became pregnant after making love to the Chink, a loony visionary played by Pat Morita, who tells her she will bear a race of large-thumbed children who will roam the earth in love and peace after surviving an apocalypse. In the final frames of "Cowgirls I," Sissy's child, seen in the womb, makes hitchhiking gestures toward the audience, an invitation to the future." Van Sant is quoted in the article, that he doesn't know which version is better.


Cheso Fresco
Written by Lee Bradford and
Molly Little
Performed by Palante


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Western


Release Date:

20 May 1994


English, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Terrebonne, Oregon, USA

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$676,978 22 May 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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