"First Cow" is a 2019 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt.
The starring cast includes John Magaro as Otis "Cookie" Figowitz, Orion Lee as King-Lu, Ewen Bremner as Lloyd, Toby Jones as Chief Factor, Scott Shepherd as Captain, Gary Farmer as Totillicum, Lily Gladstone as Chief Factor's Wife, Alia Shawkat as Woman with Dog, Dylan Smith as Trapper Jack, Jared Kasowski as Thomas and others.

Here are "First Cow" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for First Cow movie?

A24 on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 released the trailer for "First Cow" you can watch here:
First Cow | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Plot summary

What is First Cow movie plot?

Here is a short review of "First Cow" movie plot summary.

In present day, a woman walking her dog on the riverside discovers two skeletons lying together in a shallow grave.
In 1820, Otis "Cookie" Figowitz (John Magaro) is a quiet chef traveling in Oregon Country with a group of loud and aggressive fur trappers who harass Cookie for not bringing them enough food while foraging. One night, he comes across King-Lu (Orion Lee), a Chinese immigrant on the run for killing a Russian man. Cookie allows Lu to hide in his tent for the night and watches him escape across the river the next day.
Cookie and Lu later reunite and spend several days bonding at Lu's shack. Lu talks about his past traveling the world and his desire to own a farm. Cookie talks about his ambition to one day open either a bakery or a hotel in San Francisco. Cookie learns of the first milk cow in the region, owned by the Chief Factor (Toby Jones), a wealthy English man with the only proper house in the settlement. The cow's mate and calf died on its journey to Oregon, making it the only cow. Cookie reminisces about his days as a baker's assistant in Boston and tells Lu that he could use some of the cow's milk to make baked goods. They sneak onto the Chief Factor's property at night, Cookie milking the cow and Lu keeping watch from a tree. They manage to get enough milk to bake a batch of biscuits without being caught. While Cookie is unsatisfied with the result, wishing it could be sweeter, Lu points out that it tastes better than any food the outpost has and that it could easily sell for a lot of money.
They take their biscuits to the market and offer to sell them. When asked how they're made, Lu claims it's a "Chinese secret." The biscuits become popular instantly and they sell out their first batch within minutes. In the days that follow, lines begin to form for people to try their biscuits.


Who plays who in the First Cow movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "First Cow" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

John Magaro  as Otis "Cookie" Figowitz
Orion Lee  as King-Lu
Ewen Bremner  as Lloyd
Toby Jones  as Chief Factor
Scott Shepherd  as Captain
Gary Farmer  as Totillicum
Lily Gladstone  as Chief Factor's Wife
Alia Shawkat  as Woman with Dog
Dylan Smith  as Trapper Jack
Jared Kasowski  as Thomas
Mitchell Saddleback  as Chief Factor's Servant
Ryan Findley  as Tapper Dame
Clayton Nemrow  as Trapper Clyde
Manuel Rodriguez  as Trapper Bill
Patrick D. Green  as Russian Trapper
Evie  as The Cow
Rene Auberjonois  as Man with Raven (as RenΓ© Aubergenois)
Jean-Luc Boucherot  as Sailor in Saloon
Jeb Berrier  as Cribbage Player
John Keating  as Heckler in Saloon
Don MacEllis  as Brilliant William
Todd A. Robinson  as Fort Trapper
Kevin Michael Moore  as Fort Trapper (as Kevin-Michael Moore)
Eric Martin Reid  as Fort Trapper
Ted Rooney  as Fort Trapper
Phelan Davis  as Fort Trapper
Mike Wood  as Fort Trapper
Sabrina Morrison  as Totillicum's Wife (as Sabrina Mary Morrison)
Mary Ann Perreira  as Hawaiian Woman
T. Dan Hopkins  as Hawaiian Man (as TDan Hopkins)
James Lee Jones  as Man with Canoe
James Ridley  as Soldier

Release date

When is First Cow movie release date?

"First Cow" movie release date was scheduled to be on August 30, 2019 (Telluride) and on March 6, 2020 (United States) distributing by A24, Madman Entertainment, Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Searchers.


What are First Cow filming details?

The duration of the film is 121 minutes. With a budget of $2 million+, the film grossed over $101,068.

"First Cow" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in November 2018, taking place in Oregon like several of Reichardt's previous films.


What are critics and audiences saying about First Cow movie?

"First Cow" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.1/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 96/100.

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