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Drugstore Cowboy (artisan)
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The mood of this film is generally very dysphoric however some comic relief is added throughout in the dialogue and 'trippy' visual imagery. Some of the pranks they pull on the detective they are eluding are also pretty humorous.
The movie definitely captures the 70's era well with its acting, dialogue and wardrobe. Superb acting by Dillon as the intimacy phobic, restless and highly superstitious ringleader, Kelly Lynch as his less than satisfied girlfriend, James LeGros as simpleminded Rick, and Heather Graham as the young ditzy neophyte who literally goes overboard trying hard fit into this group of merry prankster junkies.
This movie is a creative little exploration into the day to day routine and psyche of the junkie, so if you can't handle the portrayal of this reality, then this is another movie that isn't for you. Interestingly, William Burroughs plays a short role as a junkie priest, adding some penetrating social commentary towards the end.
The story of a group of four junkies who raid drugstores in their search for drugs, this film takes a gritty, unflinching look at drugabuse and the hell people go through while using and after they quit. Shifting tones between deeply dramatic and darkly comical, Van Sant never judges his characters, but just allows them to speak for themselves - literally, as Matt Dillon's character narrates the movie. Dillon has never been better than here, and is supported by an excellent Kelly Lynch (where did she go in the meantime, anyway?) and a very young Heather Graham.
There are moments in this film you'll remember forever: when Dillon and Lynch get stuck in a motel hosting a sheriff's convention with a dead body on their hands, you don't know whether to laugh, cry or shiver at the thought. And who ever suspected that a song like "The Israelites" could be made to sound so haunting? In the framework of this movie, it does. Above all, this movie comes across as very honest and heartfelt, emotional without being corny, effective without being preachy.
DVD-edition features a fine transfer of the film - its occasional graininess is likely due to either the low budget it was shot on in the first place, or an artistic choice. I've never seen it any better than here, and the rough edges of it do seem to add to its content and mood. Commentary by Van Sant and Dillon starts out entertaining, but towards the end they seem to be searching for new things to say. Very good "making of"-featurette.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I VIEWED THIS MOVIE YEARS AGO AND LOVED IT. MATT DILLON GIVES A VERY CONVINCING PERFORMANCE.Published 1 day ago by STEVEN H.
Great older movie by VanSant! I loved the world pre-technology. Matt Dillon a real star and not a p%^*y as so many of today's young actors(most r punks!)Published 1 month ago by thistletlf
The absolute worst movie of ALL TIME! I can not believe I wasted my time (that I can't get back) on this ridiculous crap!
Negative 100 stars!
Drugstore Cowboy is an excellent film that never got its dues for some reason. Its one of the top best drug addiction movies ever made thats superbly acted and well made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Films4Life
I've seen this movie a few times, and I always see something I missed before. So much is going on with these characters, so many small but significant details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard
Tough movie! But does give a graphic account of the prescription drug problem in this country.Published 1 month ago by Thomas B. Hunnicutt
It was ok, nothing great. A bit dated and the ending was kind of anti-climactic.Published 2 months ago by Polar Bear