• Basquiat (1996)


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

Keywords: New York City, Gritty, Emotional, Rise, 1980s, Brash, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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

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