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Basquiat -- In 1981,a nineteen-year-old unknown graffiti writer took the New York art world by storm. The rest is art history.
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In 1981, A Nineteen-Year-Old Unknown Graffiti Writer Took The New York Art World By Storm. The Rest Is Art History.
Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Like the artist himself, this movie had style See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeffrey Wright ... Jean Michel Basquiat

Michael Wincott ... Rene Ricard

Benicio Del Toro ... Benny Dalmau

Claire Forlani ... Gina Cardinale

David Bowie ... Andy Warhol

Dennis Hopper ... Bruno Bischofberger

Gary Oldman ... Albert Milo

Christopher Walken ... The Interviewer

Willem Dafoe ... The Electrician
Jean-Claude La Marre ... Shenge (as Jean Claude LaMarre)

Parker Posey ... Mary Boone
Elina Löwensohn ... Annina Nosei

Paul Bartel ... Henry Geldzahler

Courtney Love ... Big Pink

Tatum O'Neal ... Cynthia Kruger
Chuck Pfeiffer ... Tom Kruger (as Chuck Pfeifer)
Rockets Redglare ... Rockets
Esther G. Schnabel ... Esther Milo
Jack Schnabel ... Jack Milo
Lola Schnabel ... Jacqueline Milo
Peter McGough ... Peter McGough
David McDermott ... David McDermott
Michael Chow ... Mr. Chow
Stella Schnabel ... Stella
Steven Randazzo ... Maitre' d at Ballato's

Michael Badalucco ... Counterman at Deli

Francis Dumaurier ... Giorgio

Joseph R. Gannascoli ... Guard at Hospital
Hope Clarke ... Matilde
Brian Wright ... Young Jean Michel

Tarmo Urb ... Lech
Denise Burse ... Mary on TV
Robert Alexander ... Band Guy

Vincent Laresca ... Vincent
Nemo ... Nemo
Leonard Jackson ... Jean Michel's Father
Dave Shelley ... Photographer

Frederick Weller ... Frank

Rene Rivera ... Juan

Sam Rockwell ... Thug
Ron Brice ... Thug

William Seymour ... Mr. Chow's Maitre' d
Richard E. Butler ... Medieval Villager (as Richard Butler)
Joe Glasco ... Medieval Villager
Steven Parenago ... Medieval Villager
Vladamir Parenago ... Medieval Villager
José Luis Ferrer ... Medieval Villager (as Jose Luis Ferrer)
Irene Kiss ... Medieval Villager
Richard the Ox ... Medieval Villager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Araskog ... Julie (uncredited)

Vincent Gallo ... Himself / Party Guest (uncredited)

Melody Krell ... Waitress (uncredited)

Linda Larkin ... Fan (uncredited)
Olatz López Garmendia ... Christine (uncredited)

Jennifer Miro ... Soho Art Gallery Guest (uncredited)
Paul Outlaw ... Paul (uncredited)

John Romano ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Paul Sampson ... Young Joe Dallesandro (uncredited)

Tom Urb ... Chef at Leshko's Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Julian Schnabel 
Writing credits
Lech Majewski  story (as Lech J. Majewski) and
John Bowe  short story (as John F. Bowe)

Julian Schnabel (written by)

Michael Holman  story development (as Michael Thomas Holman)

Produced by
Joseph Allen .... executive producer
Peter Brant .... executive producer
Jon Kilik .... producer
Lech Majewski .... co-producer (as Lech J. Majewski)
Randy Ostrow .... producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cale 
Julian Schnabel 
Cinematography by
Ron Fortunato 
Film Editing by
Michael Berenbaum 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
Art Direction by
C.J. Simpson 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Costume Design by
John Dunn 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Aspinall .... key makeup artist
Mary A. D'Angelo .... additional hair stylist (as Mary D'Angelo)
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
Nina Port .... additional makeup artist
Yuseff .... hair consultant
Linda Grimes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Adam Brightman .... unit production manager
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor (as Michael A. Jackman)
Desirée Jellerette .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Holman .... second unit director
Lisa Janowski .... second assistant director
Jonathan Starch .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nelson Belen .... art production assistant
Doug Bleier .... carpenter
Greg Bogin .... fine art coordinator
Glen Bowen .... third construction grip (as Glenn Bowen)
Marshall Carbee .... scenic
Rossana Fiore .... on-set scenic
Christine Frankeberger .... additional set decorator (as Chris Frankenberger)
Gary Grill .... construction foreman
Joanna Hartell .... shop manager
Eryka Seimona Henderson .... art department coordinator
Eugene J. Hines .... carpenter (as Eugene Hines)
Helen Imatome .... art department intern
Dominique Joseph .... art department intern
Nancy Karp .... art department intern
Ruth Katz .... lead set dresser
Tyler Kim .... property master (as Tyler H. Kim)
Gordon Krause .... shop foreman
Victor Littlejohn .... set dresser
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
Lou Miller .... carpenter
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Cho Moon .... art department intern (as Moon Cho)
Christine Moosher .... assistant property master
Jimmy Mulligan .... art department intern
Rex North .... second construction grip
Sean O'Brien .... key construction grip (as Sean O'Brian)
Gregg Pallini .... art department intern
Willie Roache .... set dresser (as Willie Vee Roache)
Eric Stepper .... property master
Michael Stockton .... scenic charge (as Michael Wright Stockton)
Anne Wenniger .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Ed Barteski .... assistant sound editor (as Ed Barteski Jr.)
Louis Bertini .... dialogue editor
David Boulton .... adr engineer (as David Bolton)
Allan Byer .... sound mixer
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Tom Nelson .... additional sound mixer
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... dialogue editor
John Poyner .... adr editor: UK
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Randy Vandegrift .... adr editor: Los Angeles (as Randy Vandergrift)
Peter Waggoner .... adr engineer
John Wall .... sound recording engineer
Tim J. Carroll .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Janos Pilenyi .... titles and optical effects (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Beverly Cable .... generator operator (as Beverly Jones)
Andrew Casey .... Steadicam operator (as Andrew W. Casey)
Andrew Casey .... camera operator (as Andrew W. Casey)
John Ford .... grip
Thomas Ford .... best boy electric (as Tom Ford)
Joseph E. Gallagher .... first assistant camera
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
Robert Ippolito .... best boy grip (as Robert J. Ippolito)
Lindsay Jamieson .... second assistant camera (as E. Lindsay Jamieson)
Eric M. Klein .... grip (as Eric Klein)
Eric Liebowitz .... still photographer (as Eric S. Liebowitz)
Dave Lowry .... key grip (as David Lowry)
Gerry Lowry .... rigging grip (as Jerry Lowry)
Robert Merk .... third electrician (as Rob Merk)
John Mitchell .... fourth electrician
Trip Morey III .... camera production assistant (as Trip Morey)
Joseph Sciretta .... electrician
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe supervisor
Anne Disano .... assistant to costume designer
Anne Gorman .... wardrobe
Barrett Hong .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura R. Solin .... costumer
Editorial Department
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative cutter: N & D Film & Video (as Nick DiBeneditto)
Earl Dittebrandt .... first assistant editor
Vida Fitzgerald .... apprentice editor
Jay Kessel .... additional assistant editor
Nancy Novack .... additional assistant editor
John J. Richardson III .... apprentice editor
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
Seth I. Shire .... assistant post-production supervisor (as Seth Shire)
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Michael Lang .... music consultant
Bill Laswell .... composer: additional music
Jim Leavitt .... music researcher
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Dave Soldier .... music arranger (as David Soldier)
Paul Boschi .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Eno .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Joe Strummer .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Buchman .... driver (as John Buckman)
Jim Clark .... driver
Richard Hubca .... driver
Paul Kane .... driver
John Miale .... driver (as John J. Miale)
Jimmy Nugent .... transportation captain (as Jim Nugent)
Charles White .... driver
Erik W. Wickstrom .... driver
Other crew
Ernest Arbucci .... production intern
Adrienne Asterita .... production intern
Timothy Aten .... production intern (as Tim Aten)
Sirad Balducci .... production coordinator
Teresa Bianchi .... production intern
Dan Bollinger .... assistant post-production accountant
Shannon Causey .... location assistant (as Shannon Bowen)
Maximillian Chow .... production intern
Lisa Cofini .... post-production accountant
Cydney Cort .... assistant: Mr. Schnabel
Joe Dapello .... legal services: Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz (as Joseph Dapello esq.)
Valerie Darmour .... production intern
Mary Gambardella .... script supervisor
Robert Garlock .... publicist: PMK Public Relations
Hal Gross .... assistant auditor
Lys Hopper .... location manager
Judy Janelli .... craft service
Lauren Klain .... location intern
Zoe Kohlmayer .... production intern
Dylan Korelich .... set production assistant
Isabelle Kostic Crosley .... location scout
Susan Labunski .... key set production assistant
Nectarios Leonidas .... location intern
Jane Marshall .... script review: Marshall/Plumb Research
Dean McCann .... set production assistant
Ross Miller .... insurance carrier: Disc Insurance
Kay O'Connell .... accounting production assistant
Linda Perkins .... set production assistant
Jeremy D. Pratt .... set production assistant (as Jeremy Pratt)
Sacha Quarles .... office production assistant
Terry 't-bone' Rhodes .... assistant location manager (as Terry Rhodes)
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production coordinator
Allison Russo .... set production assistant (as Alison Russo)
Adrian Sas .... location intern
Greg Schnabel .... location coordinator
Amy Shultz .... insurance carrier: Disc Insurance
Lois Smith .... publicist: PMK Public Relations
Peter Soldinger .... production intern
Christopher Tarantino .... location intern (as Chris Tarantino)
Elizabeth Zagrany .... auditor (as Beth Zagrany)
Joe Glasco .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for drug use and strong language
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Chris Rock was considered for the role of Basquiat. According to Rock, he was not interested in the role because, at the time, he did not know who Basquiat was.See more »
Continuity: When Basquiat is painting the Amoco sign, the white stripe runs completely through the black horse. But when Andy Warhol approaches the sign, the white stripe does not continue through the horse.See more »
[first lines]
Rene:Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat. There's no trip so horrible that someone won't take it. The idea of the unrecognised genius slaving away in a garret is a deliciously foolish one. We must credit the life of Vincent Van Gogh for really sending this myth into orbit...
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20 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Like the artist himself, this movie had style, 9 September 2003
Author: Tiger_Mark from The Greater Southwest

I enjoy Basquiat's artwork. When I look at it, It doesn't look like it took a great amount of talent. His work tended to look very simple, really basic ideas. However, the creativity is overwhelming. He was a minimalist, that came up with simplistic masterpieces. Yeah, it was not real hard to do, but few have ever had such creative ideas. This film reminds me so much of the artist himself. It has a ton of style, it is fun to watch, somewhat uneventful, and like the artist, it is destined to be remembered, because style never dies. Heavyweight talent is everywhere, with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Benecio Del Torro, Geofrey Wright, David Bowie, Willam DeFoe, etc. I don't think either the film or the artist were that special, so why can't I forget either?

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