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FULL SYNOPSIS

The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age junkie Heather Graham; also along for the ride is Dillon's wife Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is cop James Remar, whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it promps Dillon to try to go straight, a task complicated by wife Lynch's determination to stay high and by the corrupting presence of an ex-priest, played by Lynch author William Burroughs. Drugstore Cowboy was director Gus Van Sant's breakthrough picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Robert Yeoman Best Cinematography 1989 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Gus Van Sant Best Screenplay 1988 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Gus Van Sant Best Director 1988 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Gus Van Sant Best Screenplay 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Gus Van Sant Best Screenplay 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Gus Van Sant Best Director 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kelly Lynch Best Actress 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Max Perlich Best Supporting Actor 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Matt Dillon Best Actor 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Heather Graham Best Supporting Actress 1989 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dan Yost Best Screenplay 1988 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Dan Yost Best Screenplay 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Dan Yost Best Screenplay 1989 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Gus Van Sant
Director
Gus Van Sant
Screenwriter
Dan Yost
Screenwriter
James Fogle
Book Author
Robert Yeoman
Cinematographer
Elliot Goldenthal
Composer (Music Score)
Curtiss Clayton
Editor
David Brisbin
Production Designer
Eve Cauley
Art Director
Karen Murphy
Co-producer
Nick Wechsler
Co-producer
Cary Brokaw
Executive Producer
Margaret Goldsmith
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Karen Koch
Production Manager
Sharon Bialy
Casting
Richard Pagano
Casting
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