A group of drug addicts in the 1970’s help finance their habit by robbing drug stores. A highly superstitious Bob and wife Diane love to do various pharmaceutical drugs like dilaudid, morphine and cocaine. To maintain the habit, they steal from pharmacies with the help of another couple. A cop that eventually gets too close for comfort, which causes the crew to move their operation to another town. Before long, one of the crew dies of an overdose; the body has to be moved from their hotel room to their car. The problem is that there is an unexpected sheriff’s convention assembling at the hotel where they’re staying. Bob believes that one of his superstitious beliefs caused this incident and is scared into joining a methadone program. Leaving his past proves harder than he anticipated, though. —IMDb
A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls, homicidal teens, and troubled geniuses.
The son of a traveling salesman, Van Sant was born in Louisville, KY, on July 24, 1952. One constant in the director’s early years was his interest in painting and Super-8 filmmaking. Van Sant’s artistic leanings took him to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where introduction to Avant-Garde cinema quickly inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema. After mobving to LA, Van Sant became fascinated by the existence of the marginalized section of L.A.‘s population, especially in context with the more ordinary prosperous world that surrounded them… read more
Highlights: Wm. S. Burroughs and those little white lines dancing all over the screen
I saw this movie with no expectations whatsoever and got really surprised. What makes this film work is how realistic the characters are and how get involved with them emotionally. Even though there are no rough drug scenes like in "Trainspotting", since you're emotionally involved it's tougher. Gus Van Sant knows what he's doing giving us a little bit of David Lynch as he analyses the youth around the world nowaday
Gus Van Sant’s films all seem to be set at a different level of indie quality. That indie level usually seems to depend on the number of big name stars appear in the film. His films like Elephant or… read review