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Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
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"Now Dianne, you haven't gone and hid the drugs in some stupid place like the frosted flakes again have you?"
Bob (Matt Dillon) is the leader of a group of drugstore-robbing drug addicts: his wife Dianne (Kelly Lynch), Rick and his girlfriend Nadine. When they don't rob drugstores, they spend their time laying around, taking drugs, waiting for the next score. They don't care about tomorrow, they just want to get high and away from their miserable lives by losing themselves in short-lasting perfect worlds full of floating things. Like houses, spoons, hats. Especially hats. But pretty soon things start to go downhill faster than you can say overdose, prompting Bob to make a change.
The relationship between Bob and…
A perfectly executed film centered on an outlaw 'family' and a simple reason for drug abuse: You feel crappy, drugs make you feel better. The family is governed by a strange array of superstitions that can crop up at any time. Matt Dillon gives a fantastic and complex performance, unequalled in his career. The same can be said for director Gus Van Sant as well. The rest of the cast performs admirably as well, even Heather Graham who plays naive and vacant very well.(shocking) One of the better depictions of drug highs you'll see in a film. Still my pick for best film of 1989.
Gus Van Sant and I have have a troubled relationship. For every movie I like he turns me off with something a little bit out there. Drugstore Cowboy has had rave reviews and with an interesting premise that doesn't involve gay rent-boys and reclusive rock-stars, I was hooked (pardon the pun).
Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch are the married junkies, who don't convey any of the tell-tale signs of usage. No tortured souls here going through cold-turkey and the itch for a fix. It almost makes drug addiction look cool, almost. It is a fascinating insight into the drug scene of the early seventies but it all looks rather clean and squalor free. The way however the crew interacts with…
"There's nothing more life affirming than getting the shit kicked out of you." ~ Bob
In director Gus Van Sant's sophomore feature, we are taken deep into the world of drug addiction, but not the expected domain of heroin junkies, meth heads or cocaine users. Instead, it's the reality of prescription drug thieves getting high on meds stolen from pharmacies and hospitals.
Bob (Matt Dillon) is the ringleader of four Portland-area pill poppers who rip off drug stores for a living. His accomplices are his hot wife Diane (Kelly Lynch), muscle man Rick (James Le Gros) and Rick's naive girlfriend Nadine (Heather Graham). They are the targets of an investigation by Police Detective Gentry (James Remar), and when the heat…
Gonna let my Scenic Routes column do the heavy lifting here, because this film's awesomeness is rooted in minutiae and thus very hard to articulate in a drive-by format. Everything's in flawless sync: the quartet of pitch-perfect performances (especially Kelly Lynch, who makes Diane the epitome of empathetic self-interest); Fogle's episodic, non-judgmental, enthrallingly detailed portrait of the junkie life; Van Sant's blend of the ethereal and the mundane, featuring inventive use of double exposure alongside blunt, unforgiving inserts; superbly evocative Portland locations; Robert Yeoman's ability to make even interiors look overcast; Max Perlich's rat face; William S. Burroughs' stentorian death drawl. Even the color of the opening titles is perfect*. I always deflate a little when Bob decides to…
"Most people don't know how they're gonna feel from one moment to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at the labels on the little bottles."
A well told if slightly cliched account of a mans wrestle with drug addiction.
Matt Dillon is just one of those impossibly cool actors, along with people like Sam Rockwell and Ed Norton, for such dweebish slender dudes, they're all really fuckin intimidating. Up to this point I had only seen outsiders and Wayward Pines(The biggest tv disappoint of 2015, but eh whateva Juilette Lewis is hot), but I liked him in both. So now that I've seen drugstore cowboy I can definitely confirm that he's a good actor, and I can confirm that Gus Van Sant can be really great. Anyhow the story, based on somewhat true stories of an unpublished book, follows 4 20 somethings looking for their next fix by robbing drug stores. Matt Dillon is fuckin great in it, everything…
the music was very creepy. "I'm still alive, I hope they can keep me alive." Heather Graham was hottttttttttt too... wow.
Very raw movie with a message - but it never gets too sentimental!
The camera is absolutely infatuated with Matt Dillon during "Drugstore Cowboy" to such a degree that it almost seems the celluloid is frames away from combusting. Gus Van Sant probably doesn’t leave Dillon out of a single shot in this film - making it all specifically revolving around his drug-addicted character. We see every inch of transition he makes from a childish lost soul, to an adult lost soul - trying with all his will to take control over his body and his mind. Van Sant makes his rebel-without-a-cause Dillon another of those James Dean archetypes - but doses up the irony by making him wholly comfortable, at first, with his self-destruction. Some of the sequences involving him in his drug-infused ways (with friends and his lover, played by a fantastic Kelly Lynch) are some of the more gritty depictions of drug addiction there is - because they're tragic in their happiness.
Van Sant loves depressing issues involved in his films, near enough everyone of his I've seen has had these themes running throughout and Drugstore Cowboy is no different. Dillon is amazing here, such a fine performance. A very early look at, future Wes Anderson contributor, Robert Yeoman as cinematographer with such lovely work, it really is no surprise he uses him as D.P. for all his films, so far.
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