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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…
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…
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…
"I'm a regular guy. I got my regular job. I got my regular room."
I don't feel there is a whole lot I could say to add on about this film. It captures an atmosphere and realm of youthful misery that captures lives rather well and it's clear to see why this captured the mind of many. It also doesn't fall down a trap of overly demonizing the struggles with drugs nor is idolizing them a pure open manner... despite the shades of William Burroughs slightly verging on that. I understand what people may say when they were influenced by his presence in media and life as a mythical idol of the drug world.
The cast looks so young! Also how brilliant is William S. Burroughs' voice?
oh matt dillon you and your shenanigans
A portrayal of addiction that does a good job at capturing the motivation behind a character with not much else going for him besides the occasional drugstore heist. It is well realized and the constant use of close-ups boldly illustrates the thematic. At times I felt like the film could have used more depth and Dillon's shift of perspective near the end seemed a bit forced, but nonetheless, this being one of Van Sant's early films, one can already see what he is capable of.
Μια καλη αντεργκραουντ ταινια για την πρεζα, χωρις απαραιτητα να την απαξιωνει ουτε να ευτελιζει το lifestyle της.
Μια καλη ταινια για τα πρεζακια τα κλεφτρονια. Οι προκαταληψεις τους. Τα κολληματα που τρωνε. Πασης φυσης. Τα πρεζακια ειναι βλαμμενα. Εμμονικα. Ψυχωτικα. "Well, to begin with, nobody, and I mean nobody, can talk a junkie out of using. You can talk to 'em for years but sooner or later they're gonna get ahold of something. Maybe it's not dope. Maybe it's booze, maybe it's glue, maybe it's gasoline. Maybe it's a gunshot to the head. But something. Something to relieve the pressures of their everyday life, like having to tie their shoes." λεει ο Μπομπ στην κοινωνικη λειτουργο. Πολυ σωστά. Κανεις…
I really enjoyed this film. It takes a different approach to drug abuse than most other films. Instead of watching a character pawn all of his worldly possessions to get high or a kingpin cat and mouse with the cops film, this film follows a foursome of semi intelligent drug users and how they made it month by month. The film almost gives junkies a playbook for survival. I wonder if pharmacy raids went up after this film.
The acting is great. The story hooks you in because unlike other drug stories, you are taken off the beaten path and don't know what will actually happen. I like Gus Van Sant's films and I'm adding this one to the four star club.
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I think this movie would have blown my mind had I seen it when it first came out. However, despite a score that irritated me and my marvel at the junkies' excellent skin, this is well worth seeing.
This beautifully directed film takes an unbiased glimpse into the misadventures of Bob and his not-so-merry band of junkies who constantly rob pharmacies chasing their next high, all the while narrowly avoiding capture and death. This film could have easily been turned into a catastrophe of stereotypical tropes about addicts, but instead we're met with real, vile, and awful characters. You do not like these characters and the film knows that, it does not want you to like them. This film is humane without sentimentalizing the characters or the subject matter itself. And while the film may lack the visceral and voyeuristic punch like 'Trainspotting', it certainly makes up for it with the subtlety and depth that was missing from…
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