Director: Gus Van Sant Run Time: 102 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1989
Starring: Grace Zabriskie, Heather Graham, James Le Gros, Kelly Lynch, Matt Dillon, Max Perlich, William Burroughs
A realistic road movie about a drug addict, his ‘family’, and their inevitable decline into crime.
In his breakthrough film, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy follows four drug addicted friends as they travel across the Pacific Northwest in 1971 robbing drugstores in order to fuel their habits. When the inevitable tragedy hits the group (overdose), the superstitious Bob (Matt Dillon) makes a real effort to go straight in order to avoid death or jail. But his wife’s (the stunning Kelly Lynch) and an ex-priest’s (drug hero William Burroughs) determination to continue to get high makes the living the clean life difficult. Good luck can’t run on forever and no matter how good of a con artist you are, you always pay the price.
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