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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
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Excellent story of a junkie who tries to straighten out his life, only to find out that things aren't much better than they were before.
Matt Dillon delivers one of the best performances of his career in Drugstore
Cowboy, a gritty film about the real life of junkies. There is heavy drug
content in this film, but in no way is the drug life glorified. We see the
more realistic life of drugs on the streets, which is probably what makes
this such an aesthetically unpleasing film. No one in the movie looks good,
it has just about as much ugliness as a spectacularly ugly movie like
Buffalo '66, which enhances the realism of the film. Much of the film is
shot in a documentary style, giving it a gritty, realistic feel, almost like
a twisted home movie.
Dillon plays the part of Bob, a young junkie in the early 1970s who goes
around with his group of friends breaking into pharmacies and drug stores
and stealing random bottles of prescription bottles looking for their next
high. The movie starts at the end of the story, with Bob riding in an
ambulance and telling us the story of how he got there, but has the pleasing
distinction of not leading you exactly to where you knew you were going to
be. Even by showing the end of the story there is nothing given away. This
is a powerful drug film that doesn't hold anything back. It is not pretty to
look at, but also like Buffalo '66, it's hideously unattractive counterpart,
the movie has something to say.
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