- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 26, 1999
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Gus Van Sant - Director, Matt Dillon - Actor
- Making-Of Documentary
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 10/19/1989
New York Times - 10/06/1989
"...[DRUGSTORE COWBOY gives] Dillon the role of his career....A very impressive look into a dark subject..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/11/1989
"...An electrifying movie without one misstep or one conventional moment....Van Sant has gotten hauntingly beautiful performances..."
DRUGSTORE COWBOY was one of a group of films that led to the explosion of American independent cinema. Director Gus Van Sant generally maintains his highly stylized vision, regardless of a film's budget. His later films continue to illustrate the dreamlike moments contained in highly disturbing situations.
The film captures a slice of Americana through the back door. Bob (Matt Dillon) is an energetic junkie who leads his wife (Kelly Lynch) and another couple on a reckless spree of drugstore robberies, for drugs. When he has a brush with death, Bob realizes he must leave both his addiction and his wife if he wants to survive. Van Sant's lush photography gives us a glimpse into these lives, lending immortality to people on the fringes of society. DRUGSTORE COWBOY is a classic film that launched the career of one of the most important American directors working today.
Drug Addiction |
Essential Cinema |
Substance Abuse |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: October 6, 1989