Drugstore cowboy

United States, 1989

Film
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Gus Van Sant’s cynical but never moralistic story about a junkie couple whose domestic life centres on the pursuit of drugs. Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch are outstanding as a couple of drifters who are not afraid to state their love for the pleasurable highs that drugs offer: compared to the existences of other people they meet in small-town America, they don’t think they are doing so badly. Alternating between the comic and the bleak, “Drugstore Cowboy” reveals the excess and pain of drug addiction but its sharp, cool and irreverent tone never condescends to, or patronises the viewer. Features an hilarious cameo by William Burroughs as a smacked-out priest.

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Credits

director

Gus Van Sant

co-producer

Karen Murphy

Nick Wechsler

production company

Avenue Pictures

Duration

01:38:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

304328

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q1261193

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