Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy

I have so many favorites but this is perhaps on my top five. You could dismiss this movie as another drug movie but Drugstore Cowboy a bit more than that. The 1989 crime drama written and directed by Gus Van Sant introduces to an ensemble that today still makes us fall in love with Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, Heather Graham, and William S. Burroughs. Filmed mainly around Portland the story follows drug addicts as they travel across the US Pacific Northwest in the early 70s, supporting their habit by robbing pharmacies and hospitals. A highlight of the film is an appearance by recovering addict William S. Burroughs a defrocked priest who lectures Matt's character on the dangers of temptation. After a tragedy strikes the gang-Matt's character decides to try to "go straight," but finds that its not the drug that keeps bound, well I won't tell you more in case you decide to watch. PS: the soundtrack has been my favorite 15 years.