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Cowboys & Angels

Released 2005


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Cowboys & Angels

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David Gleeson
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Cowboys & Angels is a 2003 comedic drama written and directed by David Gleeson. Shane Butler (Michael Legge) is 20 years old, but he has never really experienced a wild, irresponsible youth. Instead, Shane works hard in a thankless job as a civil servant, too shy to make friends or find love. Although he dreams of unleashing his creative side, Shane worries that he will never be able to afford art school. When he sets out to find a new apartment in Limerick, Shane meets Vincent (Allen Leech), who seems to be his total opposite. Vincent is gay, assertive and daring, and he instantly invites Shane to move in and start a new way of life. With the help of this unexpected friendship, Shane finds that his dreams are not out of reach. He starts dressing more colorfully, trying out recreational drugs and flirting with Vincent's gorgeous friend Gemma (Amy Shiels). Everything seems to be going his way, but Vincent worries that Shane might go a little too far and lose the shy, serious charm that defines him.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    For all its moments of pathos, Cowboys & Angels is lighthearted. It is an assured piece of work and wholly engaging.

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Pic drifts onto a familiar obstacle course for its wide-eyed hero, but displays a spirited, open-hearted goodness along the way. Combination of warmth, humor, danger and a cosmopol...

  • 60

    The New York Times

    The coming-of-age story about the corruptions of the big city has been done a few thousand times, but at least this one offers a fresh mix of open-minded intelligence and a heartfe...


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    Gay & Lesbian, Romantic Comedy