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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 »

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Mary Harron

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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

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The German dubbing voice of Valerie is also the German voice of Bart Simpson. See more »

Goofs

Valerie visits same newsstand as much as six months apart but same issues of magazines are always on display (with, in some cases, several different issues of same title on view concurrently, something that would never happen), only rearranged. See more »

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Paul Morrisey: You call this a groovy light show. I'd rather sit and watch the clothes dryer at the Laundromat. Oh, look. It changed color. Where's a love child? They'll get a kick outta this. Only a hippie would find this even remotely interesting, but I'll tell ya. You spend one day with the hippies, and you realize how truly refreshing and unpretentious, hard core, New York degenerates are.
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Referenced in The Venture Bros.: ¡Viva los muertos! (2006) See more »

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Sensitive Euroman
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thought provoking
8 October 2010 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Lili Taylor gives a savagely kinetic performance in this representation of a disturbed individual who may just also have been a genius despite, or because of, her treatment at the hands of various men throughout her life.

Judging biopics in terms of historical accuracy is for the most part a futile exercise. There is no 'truth', only interpretation, but if you want to get closer to the facts you really should be in the library, not the movie theatre. The story of Valerie Solanas is especially vexing in this case, because were this a work of complete fiction, the script would never have been made. The 'so what?' factor is superseded by the fact that this actually happened, and the legacy of Solanas still divides contemporary feminists.

As cinema, the film succeeds through the charisma exuded in Taylor's performance. Her descent into madness is sudden, vicious and uncompromising. The depiction of the shooting, the moment the film has been leading up to, shows a human being divorced absolutely from her conscience. The groovy scene around Warhol's the Factory is both decadent and, viewed from the 21st century, slightly twee. The pastiche of Sixties nostalgia is less foregrounded than Solanas's brutal victimhood. The film begins with a reading of her psychiatric evaluation, where a litany of unpunished crimes inflicted upon this woman by various men is laid out. The female director sets her stall out straight away - what you are hearing now leads through a direct line of cause and effect to the monstrous act you will see committed by Solanas later.

If the film has a major flaw, it is the title. Audiences could be mistaken for thinking it is about a documentarian of Warhol's life and work. Solanas and her SCUM manifesto, for better or worse, have made their mark, and perhaps 'Solanas' would have been a more fitting (if less marketable) title. Did it take the shooting for that to be the case? A polemical moment in recent history relayed straightforwardly, this is competent, entertaining, edifying cinema.


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