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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.
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
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…
A film such as Requiem For a Dream presents the worst possible situations narcotic abuse can lead to, and it's chilling and haunting as hell. But Drugstore Cowboy demonstrates a frank and realistic portrait of drug-related crime. In the end, though perhaps less terrifying than Requiem For a Dream , it doesn't feel the slightest bit manipulative.
Take for instance the process the characters go through in their struggle to be constantly high. They're required to regularly rob drugstores. Sometimes their attempts are successful, other times they're not. There are no shootouts between the robbers and the cops, it's not an exercise in Hollywood nonsense.
Drugstore Cowboy is never only a dark and depressing drama. It has many instances of…
I'm not really sure what I was expecting in Drugstore Cowboy, but I can guarantee you it wasn't what I got. Matt Dillon is basically playing himself here (as he always seems to be?) as the cute and charming asshole. He creates a raggedy band of thieves, who come to resemble a pretty fucked up but tight-nit family. They go around robbing drug stores to feed their own addictions and to try and sell some of the drugs they steal. It's a period piece set in the 1960's but it's pretty difficult to tell. At least for me it was.
This is one of the few drug movies that doesn't rely on pity from the audience to make it work.…
Drugstore Cowboy may be a more realistic depiction of drug addiction than many films which touch on the topic, but that should hardly be confused with "realistic". This is still highly streamlined and romanticized, particularly within the realm of Bob's attempt to quit. Regardless, the story is good and the execution is pretty fantastic.
Proto-Goodfellas, and my favorite Van Sant film yet.
I had no idea Matt Dillon could act.
Gus Van Sant is one of those filmmakers I fall in love with every time I see a new movie of his. My entry point to Van Sant was Elephant and it took me a while (until last year actually) to get around to seeing his early stuff, anything pre-Good Will Hunting. Drugstore Cowboy has always had a certain allure to it, maybe it's the leather jackets and graffiti on the poster or the road-movie about James Dean junkies I imagined in my head after hearing that title, it just seemed like something cool. This isn't quite the film I was expecting but it's at times just as interesting. It appears you can trace a lot of the tropes associated…
Everyone looked really good in this, I can't decide who was prettier; young Matt Dillon, or young Heather Graham. Oh, and also it was a good movie. I liked the jazzy, beat-poetry vibe (William s Burroughs even has a great cameo in it to further drive that home). Snappy dialogue, fast paced, tragic, well acted; this was just handled well. Matt Dillon's speech about the nature of being an addict at the rehab center towards the end is heart wrenching.
Wow, this may be the first movie I've seen to actually feel like it knows its hophead and junkie characters in real life. You got every sort of real life junk addict represented here as they are in real life, not some cleaned up Al Pacino nonsense or disassociated Aronofsky PSA. This is the real life and flesh, fucked up, joyful misery.
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"Drugstore Cowboy" is the blueprint for every movie after it that is centered around severe addiction. There are shots that are now familiar tropes (needle in the arm, drug in blood out, etc) coupled with tropes from bygone eras (shots of memories literally floating in the head of the protagonist, dead pan voice over a la addiction movies of the 50's). The movie is Gus Van Sant's first major indie film and it centers around Bob (Matt Dillon) a junkie and prescription drug addict who is the leader of a stick up gang. It's not a depressing film compared to those that have come after it, in fact some parts are quite funny. However when you think about some of…
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Wow. I needed a film such as this one to kick off May in this great way.
Some very few times Gus Van Sant goes bad. And sometimes he dosen't. This is one of those times he dosen't.
Drugstore Cowboy is one of the truly great drug movie (Nevertheless, Trainspotting still is my all time favorite). It is really amazing how Van Sant manage to tell this simple story about such a tough subject.
Though it is not my favorite Gus Van Sant movie, I truly liked it and I want to see more.
Please. Another movie.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.