This movie's so real, its scary. This gripping film about a family of drug thieves is based on a novel by convicted drug robber, a man who knows his subject well. Addicted husband and wife team, Bob and Diane Hughes (Dillon and Lynch), and a younger couple of thieves resort to robbing drugstores to stay high. Still, in spite of this tragic lifestyle, they share moments of compassion and humor. The foursome skillfully skirt the law due to Bob's wits and superstitious nature until the day his luck begins to change. When his death appears inevitable, Bob realizes he must give up drugs and Diane to survive.
Won: Best Male Lead (Dillon), Best Supporting Male (Perlich), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, 1990 Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead (Lynch), Best Supporting Female (Graham), 1990 Independent Spirit Awards
Van Sant gives his material shape and an invigorating, syncopated style. It keeps coming at you in surprising, dazzling ways.