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Drugstore Cowboy
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on March 28, 2015
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Love Matt great movie
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on March 28, 2015
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This is somewhat underground but an excellent movie nonetheless.
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on March 22, 2015
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on March 18, 2015
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Excellent movie with terrific actors
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This is one of my favorite movies, and is somewhat of a cult picture. Filmed in and around Portland, OR, I've also walked past many of the locations where filming took place. With the rise of narcotic abuse in this country, I think the film is more relevant than ever. Rather than write off pill heads as losers, this film enables the viewers to relate to the characters. It's been a few years since I last watched it, but I have viewed it at least 3 times. Highly recommend.
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on February 8, 2015
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Did not buy this.
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on January 23, 2015
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This review is an excerpt from my book "Killer B's: The 237 Best Movies On Video You've (Probably) Never Seen," which is available as an ebook on Amazon. If you enjoy this review, there are 236 more like it in the book (plus a whole lot more). Check it out!

DRUGSTORE COWBOY: "It's hard being a dope fiend," Bob Hughes (Dillon), 26, explains in his opening narration--then proceeds to illustrate this one simple point. Portland, Oregon, 1971: Bob is a junkie. So's his wife, Diane (Lynch). They live to get loaded, on whatever's available. And the easiest way to make sure that good pharmaceuticals are available is to rob drug stores. Bob and Diane and their "crew"--Rick (Le Gros) and dopey amateur Nadine (Graham)--run a number of clever scams to slip their hands into a pharmacy's locked drawers. Then they shoot up and hang until it's time for the next score. When the heat from the cops gets too oppressive, they go on a road trip. And when things take a tragic turn, Bob finally decides to clean up his hand. Can he beat junk? If so, at what cost? And if he can leave "the life"--does he really believe "the life" is going to just let him leave?

It's a "shoot `em up," but it ain't no Western. The real question is, Is this a comedy or a drama? Various film guides classify it differently. It is damn funny, though. Call it "The Three Stooges Do Dilaudid," perhaps; it's black comedy filled with the darkest death-rattle laughter.

The film is a gritty, uncompromising vision of the junkie lifestyle, but it's detached and objective: not condemnation, condonation or glorification, simply explanation. The cast is perfection, especially Dillon's bleary-eyed Bob--slow, superstitious, but hardly stupid--and cult author Burroughs as the junkie priest; with his whiny nasal monotone drawl, he could pass for W.C. Fields' thinner twin, or Harry Dean Stanton's father. As befits the subject, the direction is iconoclastic, particularly in the fantasy sequences, and the score is eclectic, full of jazz, blues, and early `70s pop rock. It's rife with irony, right up to the final bittersweet scene--but its gallows humor is a tenuous bridge across an abyss of sadness and despair. Comedy or drama, it was, for its time, the cutting edge of hip.
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on December 28, 2014
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Love it,received quickly.
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on December 27, 2014
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Movie was okay, nothing spectacular. Worth watching once, but has no replay value, IMO.
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on December 25, 2014
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Not bad.
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