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Drugstore Cowboy [DVD]

Matt Dillon , Kelly Lynch , Gus Van Sant    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham, Eric Hull
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Gus Van Sant, Daniel Yost, James Fogle, William S. Burroughs
  • Producers: Cary Brokaw, Karen Murphy, Nick Wechsler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FI3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,708 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Drugstore Cowboy was the breakaway change of pace and success for a number of those involved in its making. Principally, Gus Van Sant became a director of immediate notability winning multiple international Festival awards and acclaim. It also allowed Matt Dillon to stretch his acting abilities well outside of the teen rebel pigeonhole he'd become associated with in the 1980s and provided far meatier roles for Kelly Lynch and Heather Graham.

Adapted from James Fogle's novel, the broad strokes of the plot are simple enough; a junkie foursome led by Dillon's headstrong Bob, move around the Pacific Northwest in the early 70s scoring pharmaceutical drugs in a series of robberies. The finer details, created with the sense of family developing between the principals, and how they are not portrayed as either victims or "bad" criminals. Van Sant occasionally slips into the surreal depicting Bob's drug-addled thinking like a James Bond title sequence, along with a questionable in-joke cameo with Williams S Burroughs, dish out advice and temptation to Bob. In one simple way, it's little more than a road movie. Yet on another level there's a cautionary tale of the life of a junkie that has relevance well beyond the film's timeframe.

On the DVD: A stereo track and a grainy print in 1.85:1 usually does a movie little favours, but here they add to the overall gritty atmosphere surprisingly well. The only extra is unfortunately the original trailer. --Paul Tonks

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In Seventies America, Bob (Matt Dillon) and his wife Dianne (Kelly Lynch) travel from state to state, ripping off pharmacies to fuel their drug addiction. Gaining a certain amount of notoriety and respect for his streetwise bravado, Bob is forced to reassess his life when gang member Nadine (Heather Graham) dies of an overdose. He attempts to kick the habit and go legit but is hindered by his own lack of willpower and his wife's reluctance to give up life in the fast lane. Directed by Gus van Sant, it also features an appearance by author William Burroughs as a junkie priest.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Say No. 8 Nov 2002
By Tanya
Matt Dillon and girlfriend Kelly Lynch head a working team of drug addicts who are just trying to keep one step ahead of reality. The beauty of this film, apart from the excellent performances, is it's original approach and deeply personal feel. These are people we all know, not just nameless junkies lying in a doorway somewhere and even as things seem to be running along smoothly, the sense of impending doom is palpable. Original direction and an insightful script with no easy answers make this an all round great film. Look out for William S. Burroughs in a class cameo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dillon shows his talent. 25 April 2013
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
This 1998 film, directed by the now famous Gus Van Sant, follows a group of drug users, on their road trip around the North-West states of America, during the 1970′s. It stars Matt Dillon, getting his first grown up role, after years spent playing a teenage renegade. He does not disappoint, never overplaying his part, and holding the film together.
There is nothing judgmental about the plot either. Despite robbing shops, breaking into places, and living outside the law, the four leads are not treated as either heroes, or criminals. They are just doing what they do, until their luck runs out. Much is made of Dillon's character being obsessively superstitious, and there is a sense that the four regard themselves as a family, more so than their own real families can offer.

This is not a perfect film, far from it. It is an unusual film though, and it is refreshing to see locations other than the all-too familiar streets of New York, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, for a change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great 80s movie.. 10 May 2012
this movie takes me back 2 my high school years.. a great movie.. storyline is fantastic .. matt dillon is superb as the junkie rippin off chemists .. and doin wat-ever it takes to get high and avoid goin back to jail .. this movie is good as its so original and so realistic .. and yet another great classic 80s movie that never gets shown on british tv no more ... i cud watch this movie every week for 20 years and never get bored of it.. its a true classic .. its deffo matt dillons best movie.. also heather graham looks so young and sexy 2 .. a must see for all movie lovers..
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie 23 Aug 2007
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I was not expecting it, but this is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is well played, hard scenes are not too hard (therefore avoiding shocking some sensitive people), however the message is given with full strength. It is much more than a road movie. My wife and I have liked it more than later Gus van Sant movies. Additionally, it makes you think. I will buy now the novel from which it has been adapted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic cult film. 30 Mar 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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...Gus Van Sant's film is fantastic- imagine a fusion of 'Jesus's Son', 'Junky' & 'The Man with the Golden Arm' and you're close...This is wonderfully shot, the hallucinations and effects on-screen are wonderful (much better than the silly 'Trainspotting'). The hypo-injection scenes appear to have found their way into 'Pulp Fiction'!!! Matt Dillon is great- as are the supporting cast: James Remar, Kelly Lynch, Heather Graham, Max Perlich etc...There are lots of funny moments (the hat hex, the dog flashback) and moments when you see the attraction of drugs. And 'The Priest they called him', William S. Burroughs pops up as a junky ex-priest!...1989 was a watermark year in American cinema- giving us 'Goodfellas', 'Heathers' and this...This is probably Van Sant's best film, though I have an affection for 'My Own Private Idaho' and 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues'...At this price this is a must own film- as great as 'Performance', 'Two Lane Blacktop' & 'Vanishing Point'. A great cult film.
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