Director: Julian Schnabel Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro


Andy Warhol was a phenomenon who warrants a lot of explaining: a completely colorless mega-star celebrity, and a kind of LaBrea Tarpit for a vivid and talented collection of oddballs in the New York scene. He fostered their continued degeneration into weird lifestyles and heavy drug use; and at the same time acted as their mentor, agent, and sponsor. One artist who came to be part of Warhol's "scene" was Jean Michel Basquiat, an antisocial street-bum who went from writing graffiti on alley walls to being the toast of New York City's art world. This film biography chronicles the progression of Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) and his progression from living in cardboard boxes to penthouses, his romances, his drug use, and his death in 1988 at age 27. Along the way, he never stopped detesting the rich, including art agent Bruno Bischofberger (Dennis Hopper), and he never lost his naivete. Warhol (David Bowie) picks up some of the pieces as Basquiat lurches through the art scene. Cameo appearances by Tatum O'Neal and Courtney Love add spice to this interesting film.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1998
UPC: 0786936025552
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Wright Jean Michel Basquiat
Michael Wincott Rene Ricard
Benicio Del Toro Benny Dalmau
Claire Forlani Gina Cardinale
David Bowie Andy Warhol
Dennis Hopper Bruno Bischofberger
Gary Oldman Albert Milo
Christopher Walken The Interviewer
Willem Dafoe The Electrician
Parker Posey Mary Boone
Elina Löwensohn Annina Nosei
Paul Bartel Henry Geldzahler
Tatum O'Neal Cynthia Kruger
Chuck Preiffer Tom Kruger
Courtney Love Big Pink
Rockets Redglare Rockets
Robert Alexander Band Guy
Julie Araskog Julie
Michael Badalucco Counterman At Deli
Ron Brice Thug
Denise Burse Mary On TV
Richard Butler Medieval Villager
Michael Chow Mr. Chow
Hope Clarke Matilde
Francis Dumaurier Giorgio
Jose Luis Ferrer Medieval Villager
Joseph R. Gannascoli Guard At Hospital
Joe Glasco Medieval Villager
Leonard Jackson Jean Michel's Father
Irene Kiss Medieval Villager
Jean-Claude LaMarre Steve "Shenge"
Vincent Laresca Vincent
Linda Larkin Fan
David McDermott Himself
Peter McGough Himself
Alex Nemo Nemo
Paul Outlaw Paul
Steven Parenago Medieval Villager
Vladamir Parenago Medieval Villager
Chuck Pfeifer Tom Kruger
Steve Randazzo Maître D At Ballato's
Richard the Ox Medieval Villager
Rene Rivera Juan
Sam Rockwell Thug
Esther G. Schnabel Esther Milo
Jack Schnabel Jack Milo
Lola Schnabel Jacqueline Milo
Olatz Maria Schnabel Christine
Stella Schnabel Stella Milo
William Seymour Mr. Chow's Maître D'
Dave Shelley Photographer
Tarmo Urb Lech
Frederick Weller Frank
Brian Wright Young Jean Michel

Technical Credits
Julian Schnabel Director,Screenwriter
Joseph Allen Executive Producer
Jennifer Aspinall Makeup
Michael Berenbaum Editor
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
John Bowe Screenwriter
Peter Brant Executive Producer
Mark Burchard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Byer Sound Mixer
John Cale Score Composer,Songwriter
Andrew Casey Camera Operator
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Fortunato Cinematographer
Chris Frankenberger Set Decoration/Design
Barrett Hong Costumes/Costume Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Lisa Janowski Asst. Director
Jon Kilik Producer
Bill Laswell Score Composer
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Lech Majewski Co-producer
Tom Nelson Sound Mixer
Randy Ostrow Producer
Nina Port Makeup
John Poyner Editor
Joni Sighvatsson Producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
C.J. Simpson Art Director
David Soldier Musical Arrangement
Jonathan Starch Asst. Director
Dominick Tavella Sound Mixer
Randy Vandergrift Editor
Georgianne Walken Casting
Michiyo Yoshizaki Executive Producer

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Basquiat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with the romances, triumphs, failures and everything in between of the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat who had a great talent but whose self-destructiveness ultimately won out, working along the parasitic New York art scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was quite good. Of course the reason I saw it was for Courtney Love, however this movie was well done, and impressed me. Courtney Love beautiful as always.