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Our Town

April 24th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1980's, Gus Van Sant, Side Notes

Shot in 1989, Drugstore Cowboy meticulously recreates the Portland of 1971.

Gus Van Sant’s warts and all portrait of the cloudy colonial outpost we call home is so detailed and accurate that people may forget that the film was carefully art directed.

Compare the city Van Sant created for Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros and Heather Graham to inhabit to the one seen in the background of  Drugs: Killers or Dillers and The Case of the Kitchen Killer, both shot during the early 70’s, and judge for yourself the strength of his powers of recall.

Two sources of information about the locations used in Drugstore Cowboy: Here’s some Google Maps, and related research.

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