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Product Overview


Studio Echo Bridge Home Ent
SKU 225114847
UPC 096009782399
UPC 14 00096009782399
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Big City
Character Study
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note An insider's look at the kinetic New York art world, told through the life story of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A black, 19-year-old graffiti artist who catapulted to superstardom with his controversial paintings, Basquiat rubbed elbows with the likes of Andy Warhol and Julian Schnabel before burning out permanently at the age of 27. Schnabel, himself a celebrated figure in the art world, makes his directing debut.
Plot Summary
Summary At age 19, Jean Michel Basquiat was a poor, struggling graffiti artist. Eight years later, he was one of the most famous, acclaimed painters in the world -- and dead of a heroin overdose.| "Basquiat" details the tumultuous years in between, concentrating on his meteoric rise within Soho's trendy art world. The charismatic but self-destructive Basquiat had his share of personal demons, including his mother's mental illness, and his hatred of middle-class society... which courted and exploited him. The young artist's heroin addiction eventually led to his death, extinguishing a great talent in the process.
Rolling Stone "...Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high..." 08/22/1996 p.105
USA Today "...A surprisingly voluminous cast of usual suspects from the world of independent cinema..." 08/14/1996 p.9D
Entertainment Weekly "...Fascinating....[Wright] gives a vivid, near-poetic performance..." -- Rating: B 08/16/1996 p.46
Variety "...An illustrious cast of terrific actors that includes Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and, probably best of all, David Bowie in a brilliant Warhol impersonation..." 08/05/1996
Sight and Sound "...As much an evocative thesis on creativity as a sensitive biography of a single artist....This is a bold, often beautiful film..." 04/01/1997 p.35-6
Julian Schnabel
Claire Forlani
Benicio Del Toro
Jeffrey Wright
Cast & Crew
Courtney Love - Star
Willem Dafoe - Star
Claire Forlani - Star
Christopher Walken - Star
Brian Wright - Star
Tatum O'Neal - Star
David Bowie - Star
Elina Löwensohn - Star
Benicio Del Toro - Star
Paul Bartel - Star
Michael Wincott - Star
Gary Oldman - Star
Jean Claude Le Marre - Star
Parker Posey - Star
Jeffrey Wright - Star
Dennis Hopper - Star
Peter McGough - Featured
Irene Kiss - Featured
Olatz Maria Schnabel - Featured
Rene Rivera - Featured
Michael Chow - Featured
Nemo - Featured
Steven Parenago - Featured
George L. Du Maurier - Featured
Julie Araskog - Featured
Hope Clarke - Featured
Esther G. Schnabel - Featured
Michael Badalucco - Featured
William Seymour - Featured
Steven Randazzo - Featured
Leonard Jackson - Featured
Rockets Redglare - Featured
Vincent Laresca - Featured
Joe Glasco - Featured
Denise Burse - Featured
Lola Schnabel - Featured
Frederick Weller - Featured
Chuck Pfeifer - Featured
Robert Alexander - Featured
Richard Butler - Featured
Stella Schnabel - Featured
Ron Brice - Featured
Tarmo Urb - Featured
Jack Schnabel - Featured
Dave Shelley - Featured
Linda Larkin - Featured
Joseph R. Gannascoli - Featured
Sam Rockwell - Featured
David McDermott - Featured
Paul Outlaw - Featured
Jose Luis Ferrer - Featured
Julian Schnabel - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00096009782399
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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