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Drugstore Cowboy

HD   R Closed Captioning

Gus Van Sant

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About the Movie

Addicted husband and wife team, Bob and Diane Hughes (Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch) and a younger couple of thieves resort to robbing drugstores to stay high. Still in spite of this tragic lifestyle, they share moments of compassion and humor. The foursomes skillfully skirt the law due to Bob's wits and superstitious nature until the day his luck begins to change. When his death appears inevitable, Bob realizes he must give up drugs and Diane to survive.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Aug 20, 2010

Fresh: No previous drug-themed film has the honesty or originality of Gus Van Sant's drama Drugstore Cowboy. – Variety Staff, Variety, Aug 20, 2010

Fresh: The performers make their affectlessness expressive. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Aug 20, 2010

Fresh: Ultimately it's Dillon who has the biggest score; he makes this stark trip a heady, hopeful one. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Aug 20, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Excellent Movie!!

I remember first seeing this in '89 and being completely engrossed with this movie. 1989 was the beginning of the video store industry, before Blockbuster and DVDs. I used to rent this movie over and over and over. In many respects, this movie is a comedy; subtle, but comedic none the less. Drugstore Cowboy is a thought provoking movie with memorable characters, cool dialogue and great cinematography. This was the first movie that showed, in detail, exactly how junkies shoot heroine. Cringe!

VanSant's best

A beautiful take on the underside of the Pacific Northwest.

Such amazingly realistic

The scene where he shoots up right after the pharmacy robbery in the beggining is phenomenal. He puts in to words the feeling of being on a opiate rush so well it brings tears to my eyes. A classic movie, which has been somewhat forgotten over time, but nevertheless one I will never forget.

Drugstore Cowboy
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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