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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

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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

This movie was picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films," in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. 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

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Soundtracks

Judy in Disguise
Written by Andrew Bernard and John Gourrier (as John Fred)
Performed by John Fred and His Playboy Band
Published by Su-Ma Music
Courtesy of Janus Records
c/o Original Sound Entertainment
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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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