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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drugstore Cowboy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,729,352 (USA)
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Was chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "100 Movies That Shook the World" in the October 1998 issue. The list ranked the most "daring movies ever made." See more »

Goofs

When Bob first meets with Father Tom and they're talking while seated, at the end of the conversation, Father Tom is leaning either forwards or resting at the chair's back between shots. 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 »


Soundtracks

For All We Know
Written by J. Fred Coots & Sam Lewis
Vocal Performance by Abbey Lincoln
Piano Accompaniment by Geri Allen
Used by permission of SBK Feist Catalong, Inc. and Cromwell Music, Inc.
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5 September 2009 | by (Portland, OR.) – See all my reviews

This movie has much personal meaning to me. In 1990, I had the unfortunate pleasure to be incarcerated at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Stewart(Carson City, NV.) Yea, we had cable TV, and first run movies. This was one of them. After viewing the movie, I laughed w/ my co-horts about suing for copy right infringement. (joking, of coarse). My prison stint was drug related. but the interesting thing is: I and my girlfriend at the time made these sames moves:(Seizures and all)at a southwestern state small town where the Dilaudids were actually kept on the shelf.(1981-83)We hit this one pharmacy -3- times(largest haul:470 Dilaudids-1,2,3,and 4mg--Smallest: one bottle of 100 # 4's).I lived in Nevada all my life. I did several small stints in several prisons. In closing. I wanted to write this and note, it was a looong time ago. I have lived in Portland ,OR. now for 19 yrs. And I celebrated my -11- year clean anniversary date last Thurs. (8/28/09). After a medical detox, I hooked up w/ a local methadone prgm. and never looked back. It saved MY and my WIFE's life. Take from this what you will. But it's true and I still get a kick out of this movie and "my story" as it relates w/ it. I rarely tell it often. But I did want to post this message. Thank you for allowing me to express myself...Sincerely, doctom1973......


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