Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Average Rating: 8/10
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Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age junkie Heather Graham; also along for the ride is Dillon's wife Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is cop James Remar, whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it promps Dillon to try to go straight, a task
Jan 1, 1989 Wide
Oct 19, 1999
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William S. Burroughs
Tom the Priest
Robert Lee Pitchlynn
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All the actors are used expertly, but it's Burroughs, cropping up near the end, who articulates the film's sociopolitical moral in a contemporary context.
No previous drug-themed film has the honesty or originality of Gus Van Sant's drama Drugstore Cowboy.
Though hardly earth-shakingly original, Van Sant's low-budget movie takes a cool, contemplative and sometimes comic look at American drug-culture.
The film takes us so deeply into this shabby, transient world that we feel its texture -- both its scary thrills and its bleak, fatalistic uncertainty.
The movie stars Matt Dillon, in one of the great recent American movie performances.
One of those cult classics well worth investigating even if you have never so much as smoked a cigarette in your life.
Lyrically shot, this chronicle of a bunch of bumbling petty-criminals who steal pharmaceuticals is a tad too straightforward by Van Sant's standards, but the dialogue is funnt, the mood nonchalant, and Matt Dillon is terrific in the lead.
A darkly funny, stylish, and realistic look at the world of drug addiction in 1971.
One of the best movies ever made about characters who live on the fringes of society. Gus Van Sant establishes himself as a major talent with this one.
There's a lot of humor here, some of it quite black, as the story unfolds in a stark, matter-of-fact style. And it is the many little realistic touches here and there that make the film ring true.
Audience Reviews for Drugstore Cowboy
- Dianne: God damn it Bob? Why ya always gotta fix in the car?
- Bob: You don't see people like me here. People like me kick alone in a holding cell.
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