American Cowslip

American Cowslip

Theatrical film poster
Directed by Mark David
Produced by Mark David
Ronnie Gene Blevins
Brent Clackson
Written by Mark David
Ronnie Gene Blevins
Christopher Morrison
Starring Ronnie Gene Blevins
Val Kilmer
Diane Ladd
Rip Torn
Cloris Leachman
Priscilla Barnes
Hanna R. Hall
Music by Joseph Blaustein
Mark David
Cinematography Mark David
Edited by Jonathan Lucas
Mark David
Distributed by Buffalo Speedway Film Company
Release dates
  • July 24, 2009 (2009-07-24)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

American Cowslip is a 2009 independent feature film by director Mark David. It revolves around heroin addict, Ethan Inglebrink, whose life is centered on his garden and his group of eccentric friends. American Cowslip is David's third film, following his debut, Sweet Thing (1999), and his second, acclaimed feature, Intoxicating (2003). This was Peter Falk's final film before his death in 2011.


Ethan Inglebrink (Ronnie Gene Blevens) is an agoraphobic heroin addict who lives in a homogeneous California town where nothing ever happens. A misfit, clad in a powder blue tux, he has convinced his poker buddies, and surrogate moms, Roe (Diane Ladd), Sandy (Cloris Leachman), and Lou Anne (Lin Shaye), that he is diabetic and his needles are for insulin, not heroin. His next-door neighbor is his landlord and former high school football coach Trevor O'Hart (Rip Torn), who wants nothing more than to kick Ethan out on the street. Complicating matters even further is that Ethan's older brother Todd (Val Kilmer), the local sheriff, is convinced that his brother can only be saved by an act of God, and recruits the family priest (Peter Falk) to get the job done. Meanwhile, as the Garden of the Year competition draws near, Ethan becomes convinced that he can take the $10,000 top prize and pay off his delinquent rent if he can just grow the perfect American Cowslip. Little does Ethan realize that salvation may lie not in the money he could win for growing a rare flower, but with the companionship and understanding offered by his 17-year-old neighbor Georgia (Hanna R. Hall), who longs to escape her abusive father (Bruce Dern).


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