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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.

Director:

Gus Van Sant (as Gus Van Sant Jr.)

Writers:

James Fogle (novel), Gus Van Sant (screenplay) (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A gyógyszertári cowboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon Rock, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,729,352
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Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "hat on a bed" as bad luck idea turns up in the beginning of the noir classic Shield for Murder (1954) See more »

Goofs

Bobby's gloves disappear when prising open the metal locker in the hospital. 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

Featured in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »

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Little Things
Written & Performed by Bobby Goldsboro
Used by permission of SBK Unart Catalog, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets, EMI Records, Inc.
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Matt Dillon's best work
2 January 2006 | by nova_caineSee all my reviews

Matt Dillon igives his best performance in this movie, gives an minimalistic, sympathetic portrayal of a junk addict trying to go straight.

The subject matter may be a bit dark for those that like to see life from the "sunny side". It is set after all, in gray, gray, Portland Oregon in the 70's. It deals with a crew of four, two couples, that go around ripping off drugstores for opiates. It does not attempt to judge or condemn this behavior, it just tells the story of a group of junkies, and one of their attempts to go clean and find out what the straight life is like.

Those of you that have experience with any form of substance abuse may find that this movie rings true. I loved the quote by Bob something to the effect of: "In life, you never know one minute to the next how you're going to feel. But a dope fiend just has to look at the labels on the bottles." By no means does this movie glamorize drug use. In fact, it shows it for what it is, a temporary fix that leads nowhere but destruction.


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