Drugstore Cowboy

Watching junkies can’t be a fun day of movies. Still, when you get into the nitty gritty of the people who use drugs, it can be very interesting indeed. Addiction has been studied much since this film came out. They have learned a lot but there’s no substitute for watching good writing in a film on the topic. These addicts steal as well.

Drugstore Cowboy (1989) R | 1h 41min | Crime , Drama |  A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. Director: Gus Van Sant (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) Writers: James Fogle (novel), Gus Van Sant (screenplay) (as Gus Van Sant Jr.) | 1 more credit » Stars: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros

Matt Dillon leads this film through shallow and deep waters. This group of traveling addicts hold up drug stare pharmacies for their fix. You see the dynamics of living among these people. There is some visual stuff to simulate drug experience. There is also a well written plot that really shows the mentality of these characters. You learn that addicts can come in all shapes and sizes and that maybe it shouldn’t be a crime to have a medical problem like this. This is a masterpiece, a must see. 10/10

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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