I should be the right audience for Even The Cowgirls Get The Blues, because I hitchhiked across the country myself when I was younger than Uma Thurman is here. Nevertheless I couldn’t make heads or tails of Cowgirls. I apologize to Gus and Uma – I am sure I will grow into it.
It is my job to point out that both Gus Van Sant and James Ivory have chosen to work with Uma Thurman. Ivory cast her as the scheming, goal oriented Charlotte Stant in The Golden Bowl in 2000. Quite a stretch from the tender hearted Sissy Hankshaw, the character she plays in Cowgirls! Here’s to Uma, at home with Henry James and Tom Robbins.
If you watched the trailer with your jaw on the ground, unable to keep up with the cast list, here’s some help: Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Pat Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt (fabulous, in a role first offered to Peter O’Toole), Rain Phoenix, Ed Begley, Jr., Carol Kane, Sean Young, Crispin Glover, Roseanne Barr, and Buck Henry.
I hereby claim Even Cowgirls Get The Blues as an Oregon film, based on Gus Van Sant’s contribution as director, on Ken Kesey’s and Chel White’s contributions as actors, on John Campbell’s and Eric Edwards‘ contributions as cinematographers, and because it was shot in Central Oregon.