In what may have been Gus Van Sant's best movie ever, a group of people led by Matt Dillon inhabit a world revolving around drugs in 1971 Portland. They steal the drugs allegedly to sell, but just end up using them. These people have no connection to anything, just exist with no aim in life. Probably the best part of the movie is when William S. Burroughs, as the priest, says that all these anti-drug policies pursued by the government will probably get used to infringe on people's freedom. He wasn't kidding.All in all, "Drugstore Cowboy" is definitely a movie that I recommend. Grim but not preachy, it hits all the right points in looking at a world degenerating. Also starring Kelly Lynch, James LeGros, James Remar and Grace Zabriskie.And yes, the drugstore was located a few blocks from where I went to middle school and high school. Apparently, when they were filming the scene where the characters pull off the heist, it took all day to film because the actors kept driving the wrong way.
It's 1971 American Northwest. Rob (Matt Dillon), his girlfriend Dianne (Kelly Lynch), his second Rick (James Le Gros) and Rick's girl Nadine (Heather Graham) are all drug addicts. They rob drugstores with well planned schemes. Federal agent Gentry (James Remar) stakes out the group waiting for them to slip up.Director Gus Van Sant brings a jazzy hypnotic sense to the feel of being on drugs. He infuses the movie with an off-center sense of humor. The four leads all contribute some great work. Matt Dillon is a terrific lead. Kelly Lynch is a perfect match. She has the same power without the manic personality of Dillon. James Le Gros is a great second and Heather Graham is build to be a victim in this movie.
The Drugstore Cowboy is a high adrenaline ride of two drug-addicted couples traveling in the Northwest. Set in 1971, the couples steal opiates from pharmacies to satisfy their base cravings. The dreary grey ambiance of Portland gives the film a restless and brooding appeal. The ringleader Bob, played by Matt Dillion, has a confident swagger and a no-holds-barred approach to life. Bob's dynamic interaction with his wife, played by Kelly Lynch, his buddy Rick (James Le Gros), and Rick's teenage girlfriend Nadine (Heather Graham), drives a compelling, us-against-the-world camaraderie. Eventually a terrible tragedy befalls Bob's band of miscreants. This epic event convinces Bob to go straight and give up drugs. Unfortunately, his Dionysian wife and a cameo by beatnik writer William S. Burroughs, makes his struggle for sobriety a difficult task.
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