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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

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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Bob
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Eric Hull ...
Druggist
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John Kelly ...
Cop
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Trousinski
Janet Baumhover ...
Neighbor Lady
Ted D'Arms ...
Neighbor Man
Neal Thomas ...
Halamer
Stephen Rutledge ...
Motel Manager
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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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 USA:

$4,729,352
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Bob returns to his apartment, having given Father Tom the drugs Dianne brought him, it is clear that, as he walks the corridor, his apartment's door is open and light comes from inside. In the next shot, he opens the door to a dark apartment. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Batman Forever 21 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Psychotic Reaction
Written by Ken Ellner, Roy Chaney, Craig Atkinson, Sean Byrne (as John Byrne) and 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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