A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.


Gus Van Sant (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)


James Fogle (novel), Gus Van Sant (screenplay) (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Bob
Kelly Lynch ... Dianne
James Le Gros ... Rick
Heather Graham ... Nadine
Eric Hull Eric Hull ... Druggist
Max Perlich ... David
James Remar ... Gentry
John Kelly John Kelly ... Cop
Grace Zabriskie ... Bob's Mother
George Catalano ... Trousinski
Janet Baumhover Janet Baumhover ... Neighbor Lady
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Neighbor Man
Neal Thomas Neal Thomas ... Halamer
Stephen Rutledge Stephen Rutledge ... Motel Manager
Beah Richards ... Drug Counselor


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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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 »


The Israelites
Written by Desmond Dekker & Leslie Kong
Performed by Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Never Put Hat on Bed
6 April 2020 | by DeadDapperDanSee all my reviews

Drugstore cowboy is about a group of drug addicts who rob Drugstores to maintain their junkie lifestyle. Unlike the other movies on drugs, Drugstore Cowboy neither glamourises the drug life nor does it portray the health affects in a hazardous manner like Requiem for a Dream.

It's probably the only peaceful movie I've watched on drugs to date. Film primarily focuses on the lead character's transition to a drug free life due to the paranoia and consequences faced by him as a junkie.

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Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,805, 9 October 1989

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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