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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R | | Biography, Drama | 1 May 1996 (USA)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to ... See full summary »

Director:

Mary Harron

Writers:

Jeremiah Newton (book), Diane Tucker (research) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Taylor ... Valerie Jean Solanas
Jared Harris ... Andy Warhol
Martha Plimpton ... Stevie
Lothaire Bluteau ... Maurice Girodias
Anna Levine ... Iris (as Anna Thomson)
Peter Friedman ... Alan Burke
Tahnee Welch ... Viva
Jamie Harrold ... Jackie Curtis
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Gerard Malanga (as Donovan Leitch)
Michael Imperioli ... Ondine
Reg Rogers ... Paul Morrisey (as Reg Rodgers)
Bill Sage ... Tom Baker
Jill Hennessy ... Laura
Coco McPherson Coco McPherson ... Brigid Berlin
Myriam Cyr ... Ultra Violet
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot him. This is Valerie's story. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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You only get one shot at fame.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela Baleou Andy Warhol See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,053, 5 May 1996

Gross USA:

$1,875,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,875,527
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The band "Yo La Tengo" appears briefly (along with their friend Tara Key of the band Antietam) as the Velvet Underground in the film. See more »

Goofs

While Valerie is in revolutionary guy's apartment, we hear "Kick Out The Jams" by the MC5 cranking on the stereo. This scene takes place in June 1968. This very well-known MC5 recording, however, was not recorded until October 30 or 31, 1968 (according to the liner notes), and released in 1969. See more »

Quotes

Candy Darling: Dear Diary, I try to get what I want, whenever it's possible. I have always found that socially unacceptable people make the best lovers because they are more sensitive. I can be happy and fuffilled. I will never doubt it. I can not afford to. Each thought, each movement turned into a great moving force. Love Candy.
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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Sunshine Superman
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Jewel Kilcher (as Jewel)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Three Good Performances Lost
17 November 2002 | by xteveSee all my reviews

Stephen Dorff and Lili Taylor and Jared Harris are all great in this film, particularly Dorff. But the film's biggest weakness is that everyone in the movie is so weird you don't really care what happens to them. Only Dorff manages to invest his character with enough humanity and vulnerability that you are actually interested to learn of his ultimate fate. I was kind of surprised to learn that Solanis is held up as some kind of proto-feminist lesbian guru when it is obvious she's only twisted and insane.

Imagine if the situation were reversed and Solanis was a man calling for the cutting up of all women and denouncing women as an inferior race. Such a viewpoint would be considered monstrous! Solanis is a crank and a fool, so it's impossible to take her character's world view any more seriously than the guy down by the subway station who mumbles to people who aren't there.

The entire Factory scene is rightly exposed as the pretentious, ridiculous collection of sub-mediocre talent it was. So the viewer isn't surprised when Solanis shoots Warhol, as he couldn't say no to anyone around him and surrounded himself with so many weirdos it was inevitable.



Would this film have been lauded had it been a biopic of Mark David Chapman? I don't see much difference between Solanis and Chapman frankly...both complete, colossal failures in life who managed to gain notierity through murder or attempted murder.

In summary, this was a well-executed take on a rather idiotic topic. I'd rather see the director use her talents to make a movie about people who deserve the effort. Not worthless no-talents like Warhol and Solanis.


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