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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

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(as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Bob
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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>

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gyógyszertári cowboy  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,729,352 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) in 1997, Conan O'Brien told Kelly Lynch that this is one of his all-time favorite films. See more »

Goofs

The amount of sweat and blood on Bobby's shirt changes between shots in the women's bathroom at the hospital. 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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Little Things
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Under license from CEMA Special Markets, EMI Records, Inc.
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An all-time favorite, but disturbing
6 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my introduction to Gus Van Sant, and I still consider it his best movie. The outstanding feature of Drugstore Cowboy is its magically non-judgmental portrayal of people living on the fringe of society. The characters are vividly portrayed, and exceedingly memorable -- yet it feels effortless to watch this movie, and as though it has been effortless to make. The *sound* of the movie is outstanding, giving the action and the story an ethereal sheen.

I have seen the movie three times, but have not watched it in more than four years. And yet, a number of the visual, and auditory, images are still easily retrievable, still vivid. The memories of most movies are simply that for me: memories of movie scenes. In this case, it takes some reasoning to get straight that I was not actually present at the action, and that the memories are not of something from real life.

Remarkable. Highly recommended!


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