Drugstore Cowboy

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • UPC: 012236604976
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,010

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
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   New Menu Item
      Play Documentary
      Play TV Spot
      Audio Features
   Cast & Crew
      matt Dillon
      heather Graham
      kelly Lynch
      james LeGros
      max Perlich
      james Remar
      gus Van Stant-director
      nick Wechsler-producer
      karen Murphy-producer
      cary Brokaw-producer
      daniel Yost-producer
      james Fogle
   Production Notes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Good movie!

    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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