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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  October 1989 (USA)
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A realistic road movie about a drug addict, his 'family', and their inevitable decline into crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bob
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Dianne
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Eric Hull ...
Druggist
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David
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John Kelly ...
Cop
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Bob's Mother
George Catalano ...
Trousinski
Janet Baumhover ...
Neighbor Lady
Ted D'Arms ...
Neighbor Man
Neal Thomas ...
Halamer
Stephen Rutledge ...
Motel Manager
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Drug Counselor
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Storyline

A group of drug users in the 1970's help finance their habit by robbing drug stores. Matt Dillon's character is very superstitious and eventually his luck runs out. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

drug | motel | drugstore | drug addict | 1970s | See more »

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gyógyszertári cowboy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,729,352 (USA)
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Dianne (Kelly Lynch) can be seen in the first drugstore robbery scene stealing a copy of Erich Segal's "Love Story". Other books in the shelf are "Dialogues with the Devil" and "Great Lion of God" both by Taylor Caldwell, "Goodbye, Columbus" by Philip Roth, "Thirteen Days" by Robert F. Kennedy, "Search" by Diane Kennedy Pike, "The Angel Inside Went Soar", "Heart of the High Country" by Elizabeth Gowans and "The Psychic Reader" by Martin Ebon. See more »

Goofs

The bus passes a riding arena with blue polyethylene barrels for "barrel riding". In 1971 they would have been steel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bob: I was once a shameless full-time dope fiend.
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Crazy Credits

Home-video-style footage of the characters plays during almost the entire end credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Psychotic Reaction
Written by Ken Ellner, Roy Chaney, Craig Atkinson, John Byrne & John Michalski
Performed by Count Five (as The Count Five)
Published by Drive-In Music
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
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As great as anything
31 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is easily Gus Van Sant's best movie and contains Matt Dillon's best performance. The other cast members are also terrific, but the part of "Bob" is greatly realized by Dillon and he shines. The movie is difficult to watch at times but you get something out of it to think about when its over. I also must mention a great scene between Lynch, Matt & Matt's mother, played by Grace Zabriskie. To top it all off, this is also Heather Graham's best movie and she delivers as well. A blues soundtrack and beautiful cinematography make this one to remember.


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