Originally scheduled for release in 1993, Gus Van Sant's adaptation of Tom Robbins's cult novel was pulled after a disastrous screening at the Toronto Film Festival. The new version, released theatrically in mid-1994 after recutting, is still so problematic that it's hard to believe it
constitutes an improvement over the original.
COWGIRLS is the story of Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman), whose unusually large thumbs have enabled her to become the world's greatest hitchhiker. She's also a model for a feminine hygiene company, run by a campy transsexual known only as the Countess (John Hurt). The Countess, who's fond of Sissy,
introduces her to an asthmatic artist...