Drugstore Cowboy

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Drugstore Cowboy

  • 1989
  • Directed By: Gus Van Sant
  • Rated R
  • Drama
  • 102 Minutes
  1. Friday, February 7, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Drugstore Cowboy
The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays Bob, the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish Rick (James Le Gros) and teen-age junkie Nadine (Heather Graham); also along for the ride is Dillon's wife (Dianne) Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is police officer named Gentry (James Remar), whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it prompts Bob to go straight, a task complicated by his wife's determination to stay high and the corrupting presence of an ex-priest, played by William Burroughs. (35mm)