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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues [Import]

Uma Thurman , Lorraine Bracco , Gus Van Sant    R (Restricted)   DVD
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1.0 out of 5 stars An abomination, disappointment, and travesty March 5 2004
By Kevin R
Format:VHS Tape
I was terribly excited when I learned of the film version of the first Tom Robbins novel I read. Learning of Gus Van Sant, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, and even Rain Pheonix excited me even more. However, I was severly let down. This is, without question, the worst movie I have yet to see. As tavision so eloquently put it, "It is so bad, it isn't even good for being bad."
The plot is an abbreviation of the novel, to say the least. Granted, some cuts are to be expected, but some characters were reduced to such a shred of their literary counterparts it raises the question why Van Sant included them at all. The character of Dr. Robbins is completely absent, and the brevity with which the Chink is represented reduces him to a fortune-spewing, mountainman horndog. Pheonix is unbearable as Bonanza Jellybean. Her monotonous tones, lack of presence, and persistent lack of any cuteness destroy what could have been an excellent role. The character of Dolores Del Ruby is also disappointing; she lacks the wildness and distinction from the other cowgirls that the novel provides. This is despite an annoying soliloquoy directly to the camera and all too abundant whip-cracking. Uma Thurman would be the film's saving grace, but salvaging anything from this bastardization is akin to making sno-cones in hell. Hurt's Countess is fair, but again, the rest of the film drags it down. The voice-over by Robbins isn't spectacular, but his prose does carry some charm over.
At the end of the film, if K.D. Lang's original soundtrack hasn't been associated with the most painful cinematic experience of your couch's life, you are "treated" to a music video of the most played song in the movie, K.D. Lang's "Movement."
Do yourself a favor and spend the time reading some Robbins or praying if he attempts a film again he finds a director who can do his work justice.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some kinda awful June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I can't believe the actors who lent their talent to this no-talent film.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  44 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Sant's Bizarre Vision of the Plight of the Outsider June 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Gus Van Sant explores deeper into his favorite theme of the plight of the outsider in this strange film.Not perfect, but it is a faithful adaptation of Robbins' classic novel.Some scenes tend to drag, but the overall effect of the film is mesmerising. Sissy Hankshaw joins Van Sant's gallery of outsiders alongside Bob,Mike,Suzanne Stone,Will Hunting and Norman Bates. Lots of cool movie star cameos and great acting from Uma Thurman and Rain Phoenix while Lorraine Bracco, John Hurt and Angie Dickinson camp it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Making Sense Feb. 24 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
After reading the Robbins novel my sophomore year in high school, I was fortunate enough to see this movie three times in the theatre shortly after it got released. Watching it again tonight reminded me of how much it blew my mind back then. Granted, the whole thing is gratuitously symbolic, and most of the actors speak as if they'd just skimmed their lines for the first time seconds before going on camera. Still, Even Cowgirls has a fun, campy quality to it that shouldn't be overlooked. If you like Tom Robbins then you'll appreciate the narration and the way Van Sant has the characters talk to one another. Plus the story is lovable ("greater freedom of movement"), the cast is all-star, the costumes are a riot, and William Burroughs is in it! Just relax and enjoy.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too many saving graces Jan. 19 2001
By Kelly EC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
When people ask me to name my favourite novel "Even cowgirls get the Blues" always springs to mind. A film translation can never match the intimacy you feel reading the book, but it can bring those treasured characters and locations to life. This is where the film version really shines.
Gus Van Sant is my all time favourite director- his prevoius picture "My own private Idaho" broke my heart. It may have been over ambitious for him to bring this magical novel to the silver screen, but I find the fact that he did so, marvollously admirable. The storyline and ideals of this tale are truely unique and need to reach a wider audience.
Uma Thurman is perfectly cast as Sissy. She displays both innocence and enigma quite beautifully. Support is given by a whole host of interesting performers- John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, Crispin Glover, William Burroughs and many of the "Idaho" cast make breezy cameo's. Tom Robbins himself performs voice-over narration. Little known fact- River Phoenix (to whom the film is dedicated) makes his final screen appearence as a birdwatcher in the climatic scenes.
Read the book first- then give the film a chance!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Induced a blinding rage deep withing my soul! April 10 2001
By Oedipus Wrecks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
How could this "film" be credited with trying to capture the essence of the novel?!? Do not even attempt at THINKING of this film, let alone watching it, as it may cause you to doubt any faith you had in the human brain's capacity for creativity and artistic vision.
The characters protrayed in the film are nothing like the ones you meet in the novel. Every facet of this movie is horrible. It's uncomfortable to watch. Maddening even, if you are a Tom Robbins fan.
Do yourself a favour and read the book. Then read it again. If you ever come across this movie (in any form) run, duck, cover, do ANYTHING to avoid it!!! I'd rather watch the fermentation process of pudding than this abomination!
19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-Defines how bad a movie can be. March 26 2002
By Tavison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
There are movies like "Plan 9" that are so bad they have a charm about them, there are some like "Waterworld" that have the same inexplicable draw as a car accident, and there are some like "Desperate living" that you hate to admit you love. Cowgirls have none of these redemptions. The cast assembled has enough talent to make almost any plot watchable, and from what I've been told, the book is enjoyable.
How then could this movie be so intolerably bad? To begin with, it seems the director brought together a cast of names with no other tie than what will bring in the 20 somethings. Then tell them to do their best Kevin Costner imitations. Open the book at random and start shooting whatever is on the page making sure to keep the wide expanses of America from being interesting in any way. Finally give the editing job to your brother-in-law, because the meat packing plant just laid him off. He does have twenty years of cutting experience.
This movie now defines the basement for me. It is so bad, it isn't even good for being bad.
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