Basquiat (1996)




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Movie Info

This film biography chronicles the life of Jean Michel Basquiat and his progression from antisocial street bum to the toast of New York City's art world. Part of Andy Warhol's "scene," Basquiat's lifestyle, romances, drug use, and death in 1988 at age 27 are highlighted in this interesting film.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Bowe, Julian Schnabel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Miramax - Official Site


as Jean-Michel Basquiat

as Andy Warhol

as Bruno Bischofberger

as Albert Milo

as Rene Ricard

as Gina Cardinale

as Benny Dalmau

as Big Pink

as The Interviewer

as The Electrician

as Mary Boone

as Annina Nosei

as Henry Geldzahler

as Tom Kruger

as Cynthia Kruger

as Tom Kruger

as Esther Milo

as Jack Milo

as Jacqueline Milo

as Himself

as Maitre d' at Ballato...

as Counterman At Deli

as Guard At Hospital

as Matilde

as Steve "Shenge"

as Young Jean Michel

as Mary On TV

as Nemo

as Jean Michel's Father

as Medieval Villager

as Photographer

as Maître D At Ballato'...

as Mr. Chow's Maître D'

as Medieval Villager

as Medieval Villager

as Medieval Villager

as Medieval Villager

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Critic Reviews for Basquiat

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

There isn't a boring shot anywhere, and writer-director Schnabel is clearly enjoying himself as he plays with expressionist sound, neo-Eisensteinian edits, and all sorts of other filmic ideas.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Modest effort to illuminate the turbulent life of the New York artist.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011

Schnabel made his film about Basquiat, which carries its own validation. He's also made something of a work of art in its own right.

Full Review… | September 30, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Basquiat


Modern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat rises to fame with the help of Andy Warhol.
This film bolsters its indie kudos by including cameos from about every actor on the indie scene at the time, including Christopher Walken, Tatum O'Neal, Courtney Love, and Parker Posey. However, though the names in the cast are as good as they get, the film is not. There are so many unanswered questions, like what is it that makes Basquiat's art unique. We see many people praising his work, but the work doesn't speak for itself, like Jackson Pollock for example, and there aren't any moments that allow us to see what cultural or artistic vein Basquiat has tapped into. Thus, his insouciance toward the artistic process reminds me of Thierry Guetta from Exit through the Gift Shop, who emerges from that film looking like a first-class douche. Also, what could a beautiful, seemingly intelligent woman like Gina see in Basquiat? Their courtship and the end of their relationships are glossed over, and it seems like the brilliant Claire Forlani is under-used simply to fill the role of the supportive girlfriend that all films like this are required to have.
David Bowie's performance as Andy Warhol is a tired caricature; I longed to see the musician tapped out by Guy Pearce -- let a real actor take the part.
Overall, I liked the beginning, the first ten minutes or so, but the rest of the film leaves me knowing nothing new about Basquiat or why I should care.
Post-Script: the design of the Diet Pepsi can in the film didn't come out until after the film's events took place.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


To most people Basquiat was a man who painted and shit. To me, he was just some guy who went to college for a few weeks and learned that its fun to fuck up his current girlfriend's life by painting his important art on their not important purses, dresses, and even sometimes on a canvas like other more typical artists tend to paint on. in conclusion, may basquait be remembered as the tolerable artist he was, as a man who was in a band with Vincent Gallo for six days, and a man with no respect for the countless banks, restaurants, and record stores that he loved to spraypaint his trademark "Fuck off, corporations!" message on as he "shot himself up" into fame's dirty veins.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

Thi s Movie was about Jean Michel Basquiat who was a black artist who became friends with the famous Andy Warhol. Jean died at 27 from a herion overdose, this movie shows where he came from and the sucess he achived. Jean like Andy was way out there, but being way out there isn't bad, it's to bad more of us are not way out there. Most will not enjoy this movie, but I sure did. The music tracks were faboulus. Andy Warhol was played by David Bowie. Its a great movie give it a try.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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