Drugstore Cowboy
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The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age junkie Heather Graham; also along for the ride is Dillon's wife Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is cop James Remar, whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it promps Dillon to try to go straight, a task complicated by wife Lynch's determination to stay high and by the corrupting presence… More

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"All the actors are used expertly, but it's Burroughs, cropping up near the end, who articulates the film's sociopolitical moral in a contemporary context."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film takes us so deeply into this shabby, transient world that we feel its texture -- both its scary thrills and its bleak, fatalistic uncertainty."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A frazzled, dangerous and dark comedy-drama."
‑ , Film4
"Lyrically shot, this chronicle of a bunch of bumbling petty-criminals who steal pharmaceuticals is a tad too straightforward by Van Sant's standards, but the dialogue is funnt, the mood nonchalant, and Matt Dillon is terrific in the lead."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best movies ever made about characters who live on the fringes of society. Gus Van Sant establishes himself as a major talent with this one."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"No previous drug-themed film has the honesty or originality of Gus Van Sant's drama Drugstore Cowboy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie stars Matt Dillon, in one of the great recent American movie performances."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of those cult classics well worth investigating even if you have never so much as smoked a cigarette in your life."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A darkly funny, stylish, and realistic look at the world of drug addiction in 1971."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's a lot of humor here, some of it quite black, as the story unfolds in a stark, matter-of-fact style. And it is the many little realistic touches here and there that make the film ring true."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Though hardly earth-shakingly original, Van Sant's low-budget movie takes a cool, contemplative and sometimes comic look at American drug-culture."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The performers make their affectlessness expressive."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Forthright junkie film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Certainly one of the best drug movies ever made."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"communicates its anti-drug message with a sense of humor and humanity"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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