Drugstore Cowboy

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Drugstore Cowboy ★★★½ 1989 (R)

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. 100m/C VHS, DVD . Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Remar, James LeGros, Heather Graham, William S. Burroughs, Beah Richards, Grace Zabriskie, Max Perlich; D: Gus Van Sant; W: Gus Van Sant, Daniel Yost; C: Robert Yeoman; M: Elliot Goldenthal. Ind. Spirit '90: Actor (Dillon), Cinematog., Screenplay, Support. Actor (Perlich); L.A. Film Critics '89: Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics '89: Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics '89: Director (Van Sant), Film, Screenplay.