Drugstore Cowboy :: Monday Movie Moment :: Movies about writers/writing

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Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

A “change of scenery” scene

Most people don’t know how they’re gonna feel from one moment to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at the labels on the little bottles.” ~ Bob

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The story of Bob Hughes and his family of choice, or one might call it his family of fellow addicts, tells the true story based on the autobiography of James Fogle (the “Bob Hughes” of the film). This has always been a favorite film of mine, even though sometimes it is a rough one for me to watch after living with, and being married to, an addict. The spun out craziness and desperation that acts as the through-line plot in the film is one that is realistic, and at times very familiar to me. This is quite a film though, with some amazing performances by Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James LeGros and an often underrated Heather Graham. The film also features a cameo by author William S. Burroughs. Drugstore Cowboy is tied with The Outsiders, as my most favorite Matt Dillon films ever, and is also one of the reasons I love Gus Van Sant as a filmmaker.

The road trip moments, and the soundtrack, are two things I also very much love about this film. I am quite a sucker for “on-the-road” movies, even if the road is not the happiest of places. My next movie theme may have to be road trip movies, actually, and this film does a good job as transitioning from “movies about writers/writing” to movies “on the road”, since this is a bit of both.

Drugstore Cowboy trailer

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