A group of drug users in the 1970's help finance their habit by robbing drug stores. Matt Dillon's character is very superstitious and eventually his luck runs out.Written by
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Rx Bandits took their name from this film. They were originally called the Pharmaceutical Bandits but changed their name, because people were constantly misspelling "pharmaceutical" on flyers and posters. See more »
In the last scene there is a 1975 or newer white and red colored Ford Van in the background. That boxy styled front end came to be in 1975 and ended in 1991. See more »
I was once a shameless full-time dope fiend.
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Home-video-style footage of the characters plays during almost the entire end credits. See more »
Matt Dillon igives his best performance in this movie, gives an minimalistic, sympathetic portrayal of a junk addict trying to go straight.
The subject matter may be a bit dark for those that like to see life from the "sunny side". It is set after all, in gray, gray, Portland Oregon in the 70's. It deals with a crew of four, two couples, that go around ripping off drugstores for opiates. It does not attempt to judge or condemn this behavior, it just tells the story of a group of junkies, and one of their attempts to go clean and find out what the straight life is like.
Those of you that have experience with any form of substance abuse may find that this movie rings true. I loved the quote by Bob something to the effect of: "In life, you never know one minute to the next how you're going to feel. But a dope fiend just has to look at the labels on the bottles." By no means does this movie glamorize drug use. In fact, it shows it for what it is, a temporary fix that leads nowhere but destruction.
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