Even Cowgirls Get the Blues


Time Out says

This adaptation of Tom Robbins' cult novel finally emerges as an embarrassing miscalculation. Thurman is Sissy Hankshaw, a model by profession and hitch-hiker by vocation. On a photo-shoot at a Dakota beauty ranch, Sissy is caught in the middle of a cowgirl sexual revolution against the feminine hygiene regimen of the Countess (Hurt). The film is a sour comedy and a curiously inert road movie. Mostly, though, it's a wacky allegory of the kind in vogue in the '70s, which is roughly when this sort of material might have had some sort of relevance. It's actually more like a time capsule: anyone nostalgic for woolly women's lib metaphors, feckless counter-culturalism, hippy-dippy rhetoric and bird symbolism, this is the trip you've been waiting for.

By: TCh


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
Uma Thurman
John Hurt
Rain Phoenix
Keanu Reeves
Lorraine Bracco
Angie Dickinson
Carol Kane
Roseanne Arnold
Ken Kesey
Buck Henry
William Burroughs
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