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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"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…
"There's nothing more life-affirming than getting the shit kicked out of you."
Van Sant is one of my favourite directors around right now so I thought it was about time I gave Drugstore Cowboy a shot. While not quite as hard hitting as similar films like The Panic In Needle Park or Christiane F., it's still a vivid, intimate portrayal of lives completely consumed by drugs. It's pretty much the Matt Dillon show, to be honest. He's never been an actor that's made me turn my head and think "Fuckin' Matt Dillon's in [x film], I've gotta see it" but he does a great job here as Bob, the leader of this little foursome who pull a few scams to…
Whatever you do, don't put a hat on the bed.
Ah junkies. I love films about them.
Matt Dillon is pretty exceptional in this film. Set in the 70's but with that authentic 90's grit behind it, Drugstore Cowboy was a fast hit (pun intended) with a nice little cast and story. 90's charms throughout.
Pretty people, bad acting, and drugs.
Though overly melodramatic, it does show the lengths addicts will go to get their fix.
From what I've seen of Gus Van Sant, he doesn't really do it for me, but here, it all kind of comes together. His weird style of shooting, his playful edits, the stylized dialog, the sometimes over-the-top acting - it all works in this setting, with these characters, in this time.
This is before My Own Private Idaho, and it appears Van Sant has a talent for depicting a group of people just hanging out. Here, he includes the politics of the group and the shifts of power that occur. The characterizations are all awesome, too. Matt Dillon's arc works really well. His performance is good, too. I like seeing skilled actors give stylized performances. I also noticed James Le Gros, who I've only seen in Girls.
The whole film felt quick. It was really hypnotizing. And that ending... I don't know, man, I feel like I'm going to remember this one.
Wow. Did not expect to love this film that much. Amazing. Fantastic script, the directing and cinematography and directing is fantastic. Those macro shots were placed perfectly and added a whole new universe to the onscreen action of beauty. The editing was my favorite! With the surreal tying into the reality perfectly the editing was a feat. A masterpiece film.
One of those films you wish you'd wrote, perfect score too.
Cool movie dude
Gus Van Sant's drama concerns itself with the minutiae of the junkie lifestyle, eschewing cliched characterisations and situations for something far more honest and remarkably uncritical about living with addiction.
Unsentimental but sympathetic portrayal of a junkie family/gang that neither lauds nor condemns their lifestyle. The ruminations, myths, rules, and superstitions that tumble about sometimes offer insights into the reality of their lives and sometimes offer insights into how they deflect reality.
Most of the performances are quite good. William S. Burroughs is delightful as Tom, the ex(ish)-junkie priest.
"I always wanted to be a farmer, Bob..." Personally love do see Dillon in a good role, but this one didn't really raise the bar. Had some irritations about the platonic drug depiction. But excuses, '89 isn't really yesterday. Van Sant keeps it gritty and imaginative. He clearly has strong feelings about the search for freedom.
35mm print at NWFC. Gus was there for Q & A. Shannon, Chris and Shea.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…