From the novel by Tom Robbins, Director Gus Van Sant brings an off center creative free sexual theme to the screen.
During the 70s I knew a young man who preferred to live along the side of highways rather than in a conventional way. He had the ability to do otherwise but that was his choice of life style. Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman) makes a similar choice because she was born with extremely long thumbs which make hitching a ride her major skill and source of pride. Her adventures take her from the repressive 50s in the South to the realm of magazine advertising for transexuals, The Countess (John Hurt), and eventually the North west where she begins her relationships with The Cowgirls.
Filled with a series of plays on the world of 20 years ago and guest stars in strange roles, the movie is clever and interesting. It is not, however, a main stream film. It also is verbally frank about sexual relationships between women but stands away from displaying that sex except for kissing. Pat Morita (The Karate Kid) plays a recluse who haunts the mountains above the Rubber Rose Ranch. Carol Kane, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), Sean Young and Ed Begley, Jr. appear as a group with The Countess who bridges sexual barriers. Angie Dickinson is the head master at the ranch who is overthrown by the rank and file Cowgirls lead by Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix - sister of River Phoenix). Lorraine Bracco plays Delores Del Ruby, another leader of the Cowgirl revolt on the ranch.
Of interest to Western Massachusetts, Uma Thurman grew up in Amherst and Ed Begley, Jr.'s sister is a political leader in Springfield.
Creative and off beat, if you enjoy Tom Robbins you will be pleased with Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
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