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Drugstore Cowboy
     

Drugstore Cowboy

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Director: Gus Van Sant, Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James LeGros

Cast: Gus Van Sant, Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James LeGros

 

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Gus Van Sant's indie great Drugstore Cowboy, predating his more melodramatic Hollywood fare, is never less than fascinating throughout its 104 minutes. This 1.85:1 widescreen presentation makes for a mostly successful DVD edition. While the transfer is generally good, presenting clean skin tones and bold colors (especially in the tacky, period wardrobe and home

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Gus Van Sant's indie great Drugstore Cowboy, predating his more melodramatic Hollywood fare, is never less than fascinating throughout its 104 minutes. This 1.85:1 widescreen presentation makes for a mostly successful DVD edition. While the transfer is generally good, presenting clean skin tones and bold colors (especially in the tacky, period wardrobe and home decor), specks and spots do show up in the print. The 2.0 Stereo Sound is quiet compared to that of most DVDs; be sure to turn down the volume of your audio system after watching the DVD, so the next DVD doesn't blare through your speakers. At just under 30 minutes, the "making of" documentary is one of the better ones out there, operating in a subdued, artsy tone not dissimilar to the movie. The movie-length commentary track with Van Sant and Matt Dillon is a hushed affair; while often quite interesting, it's also a bit sleep-inducing, as Van Sant and Dillon tend to rattle on as if performing hypnotism. The included "trailer" is actually a goofy, hyperbolic 30-second TV spot. "Cast & Crew" is the usual biography/filmography information, while production notes provide decent background information on the movie. The scene index allows instant access to the DVD's 35 chapters. While it's not really special enough deserve its "special edition" tag, this DVD is still a worthy release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Arguably Gus Van Sant's best movie, Drugstore Cowboy uses nimble, no-budget techniques -- fast-motion cinematography, odd camera angles, and dreamlike imagery -- to paint a mesmerizing portrait of Portland, Oregon, junkies in the early '70s. This funny, offbeat tale stars Matt Dillon as Bob, the leader of the reprobate crew who support their appetite for a wide variety of mood-altering drugs by stealing them from pharmacies. Dillon is superb as the superstitious squad leader, worrying about hexes that promise bad luck and musing about drugs in a voice-over that runs throughout the movie. The talented supporting cast includes Kelly Lynch as Bob's girlfriend, Diane, and Heather Graham in one of her first feature roles as the newest member of the crew. A special treat is the appearance of Naked Lunch author and infamous heroin devotee William S. Burroughs as a junkie priest. Van Sant's clever visual style makes Drugstore Cowboy one of the most effective evocations of drug-induced mental states, and Elliot Goldenthal's original music nicely underscores the film's dryly humorous, unsentimental tone.
All Movie Guide
Like the best outlaw movies (Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider), director Gus Van Sant's breakthrough sophomore film seeks neither to legitimate the junkie's life nor to moralize against it. The film avoids glib portrayals of its "cowboys" as fun-loving free-spirits; indeed, they're anything but free. Though it paints a corrosive picture of drug abuse, Cowboy also shows the itinerant abusers as real people and not caricatured sociopaths. Van Sant's and Daniel Yost's adaptation of the unpublished memoir of James Fogle -- who served a 22-year sentence for similar crimes -- no doubt adds to the unique realism of the film. Matt Dillon's career was revitalized by his laconic, charismatic, and sad performance as the gang's leader, and the young Heather Graham also garnered notice for her memorable performance as the junkie clan's newest inductee. Beat author William S. Burroughs even turns up for a particularly disturbing cameo. Van Sant presents the group as a monumentally dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless: They care about each other, and we grow to care about them. Drugstore Cowboy is a rare film that takes on a potentially loaded topic and addresses it with originality, sentiment, and real power.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
UPC:
0012236604976
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
8,050

Special Features

Commentary with director Gus Van Sant and Matt Dillion; "Making of Drugstore Cowboy"; 16:9 widescreen version; 2.0 stereo; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Production notes; Cast & crew information; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Dillon Bob
Kelly Lynch Dianne
James LeGros Rick
Heather Graham Nadine
James Remar Gentry
William S. Burroughs Tom the Priest
Max Perlich David
Eric Hull Druggist
John Kelly Cop
Grace Zabriskie Bob's Mother
George Catalano Trousinski
Ted D'Arms Neighbor Man
Stephen Rutledge Motel Manager
Beah Richards Drug Counselor
Robert Lee Pitchlynn Hotel Clerk
Michael Parker Crying Boy
Ray Monge Accomplice

Technical Credits
Gus Van Sant Director,Screenwriter
Mary Bauer Editor
Sharon Bialy Casting
David Brisbin Production Designer
Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
Eve Cauley Art Director
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Margaret Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Karen Koch Production Manager
Karen Murphy Co-producer
Richard Pagano Casting
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Wechsler Co-producer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
Dan Yost Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Drugstore Cowboy. [3:17]
2. Seizure. [3:03]
3. Fixing in the Car. [1:37]
4. Fairness. [2:52]
5. Negotiations. [5:45]
6. Attraction. [2:25]
7. Drug Search. [2:36]
8. Change of Clothes. [3:22]
9. Little Panda. [2:53]
10. Hexes. [2:25]
11. Luck. [1:35]
12. Surveillance. [2:23]
13. Help from a Neighbor. [1:54]
14. Wrong House. [1:56]
15. Police Brutality. [1:52]
16. Change of Scenery. [1:56]
17. Next Score. [2:03]
18. Hat on a Bed. [4:47]
19. Hospital Burglary. [2:47]
20. Hiding in the Ladies' Room. [1:36]
21. Overdose. [3:15]
22. Prior Reservations. [2:35]
23. Sherrifs' Convention. [2:50]
24. Decisions. [3:13]
25. Burying the Body. [4:03]
26. Going Clean. [4:34]
27. Father Murphy. [3:10]
28. Getting Back on Track. [1:31]
29. Advice from Others. [2:50]
30. Philosophy of Drugs. [2:20]
31. Visit from Diane. [6:11]
32. Gift for a Friend. [2:24]
33. Assault. [2:44]
34. Insight. [3:00]
35. End Credits. [3:19]

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Drugstore Cowboy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HAH More than 1 year ago
Mostly I watched this movie because Matt Dillon was in it but it's actually pretty funny sometimes in almost a dark humor sort of way. I watched half the movie so far and plan to finish it soon. My favorite part so far would have to be how they keep tripping up the people following them[the ladder incident] and how they freak out over the hat on a bed bad luck thing.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
i have the dvd the movie is good cause of Matt Dillon and there's Heather Graham wow she was young good movie for people who do drugs and can get away with it!
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