Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Synopsis: ven Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film based on Tom Robbins' 1976 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant (credited as Gus Van Sant, Jr.) and starred an ensemble cast led by Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, and Rain Phoenix. Robbins himself was the narrator. The soundtrack was sung entirely by k.d. lang. The film was dedicated to the late River Phoenix.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Fine Line Features
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


There is a huge ancient hourglass made of animal skins, and

acorns plop through the waist of the hourglass one by one.

It sits in a pool of water. In the water swim EYELESS CATFISH

in geometric patterns. An underground stream feeds the pool

of water and then flows into a huge underground crevasse

that on occasion emits a LOW RUMBLE.

INDIANS with torches surround the hourglass, which now we

can see is in a cave. And as soon as the acorns have finished

passing through the hourglass, a crew of Indians turn it on

its opposite end. One of the Indians appears to be JAPANESE.

ONE INDIAN stands at the wall of the cavern in front of a

series of symbolic carvings and scratches, with stone in

hand he makes a few hatchmarks, and keeps an eye on the


THE CREVASSE RUMBLES once more, loosening a few chunks of

rock from the cave.

The earth begins to shake.


She is restless tonight.


She dreams of loving.


She has the blues.

View of the chartkeeper's drawings. One is of a crane with a

very long neck. Another is a primitive drawing of a naked

girl, who has long flowing hair. She also has, pointed out

from her sides, thumbs that are three times normal human

proportions. A MUSICAL CHORUS sounds at the sight of this

drawing of a girl with the thumbs. The chartkeeper puts the

finishing touches on the drawing.

And the song "Happy Birthday to You" strikes up on country

and western guitar and polka-like accordion. title



We see CANDLES burning on a cake. It is somebody's birthday.

And there are six candles on the cake.

SISSY HANKSHAW is six years old.

Her DADDY and a visiting UNCLE, finishing their rendition of

Happy Birthday, are staring down at Sissy and looking at her

young THUMBS, WHICH ARE UNUSUALLY LARGE and twitch with a

mind of their own.

She manages to blow out all six candles.


Well, you're lucky that you don't

suck 'em.


Sissy couldn't suck 'em, she'd need

a mouth like a fish tank.

Sissy is negotiating a fork full of birthday cake, dropping

it because of her thumbs.



The poor little tyke might have a

hard time finding herself a hubby.

But as far as getting along in the

world, it's a real blessing that

Sissy's a girl-child. Lord, I reckon

this youngun would never make a


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Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and more mainstream filmmaker. more…

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