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Writer/director Gus Van Sant's early bid for big-time commercial success -- a success he didn't manage to achieve until Gus Van Sant -- is based on Tom Robbins' 1976 feminist bestseller. Uma Thurman plays Sissy Hankshaw, a woman born with very large thumbs. After her parents (Grace Zabriskie and Ken Kesey) take her to a doctor (Buck Henry), who offers her parents no remedy for their daughter's condition, the film races ahead to the 1970s. Sissy is now a popular feminine hygiene spray model for a product called Yoni Yum, the product of a company owned by The Countess (John Hurt in drag). Sissy travels to the Rubber Rose beauty ranch, also owned by The Countess, to shoot a Yoni Yum commercial. At the ranch, she makes the acquaintance of the inscrutable Chink (Pat Morita) and Bonanza Jellybean (Rain Phoenix). But under the nose of The Countess, the cowgirls on the ranch are talking mutiny, with the women trying to liberate the Rubber Rose Ranch from the chains of patriarchal oppression. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 1993


Uma Thurman
as Sissy Hankshaw
John Hurt
as The Countess
Rain Phoenix
as Bonanza Jellybean
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
as The Chink
Lorraine Bracco
as Delores Del Ruby
Keanu Reeves
as Julian
Angie Dickinson
as Miss Adrian
Sean Young
as Marie Barth
Crispin Glover
as Howard Barth
William S. Burroughs
as Himself
Buck Henry
as Dr. Dreyfus
Lily Tomlin
Heather Graham
as Cowgirl Heather
Steve Buscemi
Wade Evans
as Cameraman
Ken Kesey
as Sissy's Daddy
Faye Dunaway
Debi Manwiller
Ed Begley, Jr.
as Rupert
Eric Hull
as White House Undersecretary
Michael Parker
as Pilgrim Driver
Carol Kane
as Carla
as Zoe
Lin Shaye
as Rubber Rose Maid
Oliver Kirk
as Sheriff
Udo Kier
as Commercial Director
Richard Pagano
Grace Zabriskie
as Mrs Hankshaw
River Phoenix
as Pilgrim (uncredited)
Sharon Bialy
Scott Patrick Green
as Pilgrim


Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
Laurie Parker
Gus Van Sant
Eric Alan Edwards
John J. Campbell
Ben Mink
Composer (Music Score)
k.d. lang
Composer (Music Score)
Curtiss Clayton
Missy Stewart
Production Designer
Daniel Self
Production Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer