I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Movie InfoThe true story of Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist who became notorious after shooting art world icon Andy Warhol, is portrayed in this fact-based drama. In an attempt to present a fair assessment of her actions, writer-director Mary Harron focuses on Solanas' troubled life, from her childhood as an abuse victim to her life as teenage prostitute in New York City. These experiences left Solanas (played by Lili Taylor) deeply scarred, contributing to a hatred of men that later found full flower in her famous "SCUM Manifesto," an extremist tract calling for the establishment of a "Society for Cutting Up Men." Deeply troubled, she nevertheless briefly finds hope after befriending young transvestite Candy Darling (played by Stephen Dorff) and discovering herself on the fringes of the wild, colorful world surrounding the eccentric Warhol. She becomes obsessed with the idea that Warhol's support could change her life, only to become violently enraged when the artist and his friends begin to turn away from her. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
- R (For strong sexual content, language, drug use, and brief violence)
- Art House & International , Drama
- Directed By:
- Mary Harron
- Written By:
- Jeremiah Newton , Diane Tucker , Mary Harron , Daniel Minahan
- In Theaters:
- May 17, 1996 Wide
- On DVD:
- Jan 23, 2001
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Critic Reviews for I Shot Andy Warhol
The film benefit from Lili Taylor's perfromance and from nice artistic treatment, but Valerie Solanas is simply not interesting enough as a dramatic character to occupy the center of a whole film.
Harron's style and Taylor's unforgettable performance keep us off-balance and engrossed.
Never as compelling as its central performance, it's still a very good film - and after all, that's a hard performance to live up to.
Audience Reviews for I Shot Andy Warhol
A shallow, silly film that portrays all its characters, including Andy Warhol, as ditzy airheads. The only real airhead here is Mary Harron, the filmmaker who created this.More
Very well done.
Really captures the look and feel of (what I would think) that whole "factory period" would have been like. Complete decadence on a totally supercial level.
Lili Taylor is brilliant as is the rest of the cast.
Don't get me wrong...Solano was completely unstable, but ultimately it's very sad in the sense that most of her "crazy" rantings seem to come true.
Self fullfilling prophecy...or perhaps there was a little truth mixed in with her madness?
I have to say this wasn?t the film I was expecting. It did however, exceed my expectations that were already quite high! Mary Harron, is sadly, a very overlooked director.More
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