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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gus Van Sant, Jr.
Produced by Gus Van Sant, Jr.
Laurie Parker
Eric McLeod
Written by Novel:
Tom Robbins
Gus Van Sant, Jr.
Narrated by Tom Robbins
Starring Uma Thurman
Lorraine Bracco
Angie Dickinson
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
Keanu Reeves
John Hurt
Rain Phoenix
Roseanne Arnold
Music by k.d. lang
Ben Mink
Cinematography John J. Campbell
Eric Alan Edwards
Editing by Curtiss Clayton
Gus Van Sant, Jr.
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date(s) September 13, 1993 (Toronto)
May 20, 1994
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8,000,000
Gross revenue $1,708,873

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on the 1976 Tom Robbins novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant, Jr. and starred Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, Angie Dickinson, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, and Grace Zabriskie. Tom Robbins himself was the narrator. The soundtrack was sung entirely by k.d. lang. The film was dedicated to the late River Phoenix.

The film was a critical and commercial failure. After its world premiere in September 1993 at the Toronto Film Festival, the film was set to open, but due to the incredibly negative response, the film was delayed for more editing. The United States wide release was May 20, 1994.

The film's credits refer to Gus Van Sant as Gus Van Sant, Jr.



The story of Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman), a woman born with a mutation (she would not call it a defect) giving her enormously large thumbs. The film is a transgressive romp, covering topics from homosexuality and free love to drug use and political rebellion to animal rights and body odor and religions. Sissy makes the most of her thumbs by becoming a hitchhiker. Her travels take her to New York, where she becomes a model for a transvestite feminine hygiene products mogul who introduces her to the man whom she will marry, a staid Mohawk named Julian Gitche (Keanu Reeves). In her later travels, she encounters, among many others, a sexually open cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix) and an itinerant escapee from the Japanese internment camps happily mislabeled "The Chink" (Pat Morita).



The soundtrack was released on November 2, 1993 by Rhino Records. k.d. lang performed the music. The album was composed by k.d. lang and Ben Mink.[1]

Track listing
  1. Just Keep Me Moving
  2. Much Finer Place
  3. Or Was I
  4. Hush Sweet Lover
  5. Myth
  6. Apogee
  7. Virtual Vortex
  8. Lifted by Love
  9. Overture
  10. Kundalini Yoga Waltz
  11. In Perfect Dreams
  12. Curious Soul Astray
  13. Ride of Bonanza Jellybean
  14. Don't Be a Lemming Polka
  15. Sweet Little Cherokee - k.d. lang
  16. Cowgirl Pride

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