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Drugstore Cowboy

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What's it About

Bob (Dillon) is the charming leader of a group of pharmacy-looting heroin addicts that includes wife Dianne (Lynch), mopey, slow-witted Rick (Le Gros), and Rick's teenage squeeze, Nadine (Graham). Scoring big after one dicey heist, Bob concocts a way for them all to stay high indefinitely as they travel from town to town. Meanwhile, a cop named Gentry (Remar) has been tracking their robberies, and is closing in on Bob and his troubled crew.

Why we love it

Set in 1971, Van Sant's dark, desperate ode to the junkie lifestyle neither glamorizes nor judges its edgy, wayward characters. Dillon excels as the quick-thinking ringleader of outlaw drifters — superbly played by Lynch, LeGros, and a young Heather Graham — whose only immediate goal is getting their next fix. With stylish camerawork and black humor, Van Sant depicts the ravaging effects of drug abuse on this dysfunctional family, while Dillon's voiceover adds a twinge of sadness. And who else but William S. Burroughs could make such a convincing dope-addicted priest? A breakthrough for Van Sant, "Drugstore Cowboy" rides high on the low life.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"