Basquiat Poster

Release Date: August 9th, 1996

DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 2002

R|1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary
Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat's tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken

Director: Julian Schnabel

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Miramax Films

Distributors: Miramax Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The New York art world quickly makes Basquiat a star. His work is good (when you see it in the movie, you can feel why people liked it so much), but his story is better: from a cardboard box to a gallery opening! show more

  • Most movies stress the agony of art (think of Kirk Douglas' Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"). Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high. show more

  • It's smart and good-hearted and boasts an amazingly good score, but the film is limited by the very private nature of the man it portrays. show more

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