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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avenue Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Drugstore Cowboy (1989) was #2 on Roger Ebert's list of the "Best Films of 1989." See more »

Goofs

The bus passes a riding arena with blue polyethylene barrels for "barrel riding". In 1971 they would have been steel. 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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Soundtracks

Psychotic Reaction
Written by Ken Ellner, Roy Chaney, Craig Atkinson, Sean Byrne (as John Byrne) and John Michalski
Performed by Count Five (as The Count Five)
Published by Drive-In Music
Courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
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Still a Great Film after Almost Twenty Years
25 August 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1971, in Portland, Bob (Matt Dillon), his girlfriend Dianne (Kelly Lynch) and his friends Rick (James Le Gros) and his girlfriend Nadine (Heather Graham) are smalltime thieves of drugstores and hospitals. They spend their lives drugged and Bob is chased by the abusive police detective Gentry (James Remar). They decide to move to another city and soon Nadine has an OD, affecting Bob that decides to return to Portland and be clean. But he is haunted by his past.

"Drugstore Cowboy" is still a great film after almost twenty years. Gus Van Sant discloses a true story and based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. Matt Dillon is amazing and the rest of the lead cast is also fantastic. My vote is eight.

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