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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  October 1989 (USA)
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A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gyógyszertári cowboy  »

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$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 »

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When Nadine puts the hat on the bed and lies down besides it, it's crushed in a regular camera angle, and not crushed when shown from above and it moves around between each shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bob: I was once a shameless full-time dope fiend.
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Home-video-style footage of the characters plays during almost the entire end credits. See more »

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Piu Amore Romantico Per Anna
Composed & Produced by Jeff Levi
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A great road movie. A great drug movie. A great black comedy. One of the best movies of the 1980s.
17 March 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Drugstore Cowboy' really knocked my socks off when I first watched it about 12-13 years ago, and it still impresses me every time I view it again. An unsentimental drug movie that doesn't resort to knee jerk moralizing, it is one of the very best movies of the 1980s, and still one of the best movies of its kind (Alison Maclean's underrated 'Jesus' Son' is one of the few recent movies to come close to it). Gus Van Sant looked like he was going to be one of the most exciting directors of the 1990s, but after the excellent 'My Own Private Idaho' it quickly proved not to be so, his career ending up with awful saccharine "uplifting" Hollwood dreck and his misguided remake of 'Psycho' that's best if we pretend never happened. Whatever he went on to make there's no denying that this is one brilliant movie. Matt Dillon gives one of his strongest and most complex performances, and he is backed up by an equally impressive supporting cast of Kelly Lynch (easily her best role), the wonderful James LeGros ('Floundering'), future sex symbol Heather Graham ('Boogie Nights'), and quirky character actor fave Max Perlich ('Truth Or Consequences, NM'). Also keep an eye out for the shoulda-been-a-star James Remar ('The Warriors') and a cameo by the legendary William S. Burroughs as "the Priest". 'Drugstore Cowboy' has energy, humour, depth and honesty. I love it. A wonderful movie and highly recommended.


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