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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

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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A gyógyszertári cowboy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,729,352 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Bob finishes talking to his mom and she closes the back door, a crew member is reflected on the door's glass surface. 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 Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Written by Jimmy Holiday, Randall Meyers (as Randy Myers) & Jackie DeShannon
Performed by Jackie DeShannon
Used by permission of SBK Unart Catalog, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, EMI Records, Inc.
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Excellent look at a subculture. This film grows in stature over time.
24 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Drugstore Cowboy takes a look an element of the drug/crime subculture without glamorising, sensationalising or demonising it. I honestly can't think of another film on a similar subject that has managed to pull off this balance so successfully.

We care about the characters, but are completely aware of their (many) flaws. We are shown that drugs are pleasurable, but given a realistic portrayal of the great damage they can do. The crime scenes are exciting but we never lose sight of how risky and sometimes pathetic the crimes are.

This film is moral without moralising and humane without romanticising or sentimentalising the subject. Drugstore Cowboy may lack the visceral punch of a film like Trainspotting, but has a subtlety, depth and heart missing from other more voyeuristic cinematic treatments of drug use.


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