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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 »
12 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a show on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) in 1997, Conan O'Brien told guest Kelly Lynch that this is one of his all-time favorite films. See more »

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In the opening shot with Bobby, the camera crew is reflected in the drugstore window. 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 »

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Referenced in ER: Mars Attacks (2000) 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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Excellent look at a subculture. This film grows in stature over time.
24 July 2008 | by jjvmaddenSee 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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