Drugstore Cowboy Movie Review 1989

Information and Film Reviews for Drugstore Cowboy the Movie

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A gritty, uncompromising depiction of a pack of early 1970s drugstore-robbing junkies as they travel around looking to score. Brushes with the law and tragedy encourage them to examine other life-styles, but the trap seems impossible to leave. A perfectly crafted piece that reflects the "me generation" era, though it tends to glamorize addiction. Dillon's best work to date. Based on a novel by prison inmate James Fogle.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, True Stories, Period Piece: 1970s
Gus Van Sant, Daniel Yost
Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Remar, James LeGros, Heather Graham, William S. Burroughs, Beah Richards, Grace Zabriskie, Max Perlich
Robert Yeoman
Gus Van Sant
Elliot Goldenthal
Avenue Pictures


Ind. Spirit 1990: Actor (Dillon), Cinematog., Screenplay, Support. Actor (Perlich); L.A. Film Critics 1989: Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics 1989: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1989: Director (Van Sant), Film, Screenplay.

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