6.6/10
5,415
42 user 41 critic

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R | | Biography, Drama | 1 May 1996 (USA)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (research) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos.

Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.

Director: James Rasin
Stars: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn
Basquiat (1996)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "... See full summary »

Director: Julian Schnabel
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro
All Over Me (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Sichel
Stars: Alison Folland, Tara Subkoff, Cole Hauser
Heat (1972)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

"Heat" is a parody of "Sunset Boulevard." Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Morrissey
Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, Andrea Feldman
Trash (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Morrissey
Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Geri Miller
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole
The Family (2017)
Drama

Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Harron
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith, the woman, she says to be in love with. It's bad luck for the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Amanda Plummer, Kathy Jamieson, Saskia Reeves
I Want You I (1998)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young boy and his sister are drawn into one man's obsessive pursuit of his former lover.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Luka Petrusic
Closure (Video 1997)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

A two video set from the band Nine Inch Nails. The first tape consists of all NIN's music videos, including several that were never released previously. The second tape is a documentary of ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonathan Rach, Serge Becker, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Charlie Clouser, Robin Finck, Danny Lohner
High Art (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Stevie
...
...
Iris (as Anna Thomson)
...
Alan Burke
...
...
...
Gerard Malanga (as Donovan Leitch)
...
...
Paul Morrisey (as Reg Rodgers)
...
Tom Baker
...
Laura
Coco McPherson ...
Myriam Cyr ...
Edit

Storyline

Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot him. This is Valerie's story. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You only get one shot at fame.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ela Baleou Andy Warhol  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,814,290 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mary Harron was inspired to write the movie after reading the SCUM Manifesto, the anti-men rhetoric Valerie Solanas published in the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

While Valerie is in revolutionary guy's apartment, we hear "Kick Out The Jams" by the MC5 cranking on the stereo. This scene takes place in June 1968. This very well-known MC5 recording, however, was not recorded until October 30 or 31, 1968 (according to the liner notes), and released in 1969. See more »

Quotes

Andy Warhol: So Candy, how often do you get your period?
Candy Darling: Every day. I'm such a woman!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine Superman
Written by Donovan
Performed by Jewel Kilcher (as Jewel)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
thought provoking
8 October 2010 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Lili Taylor gives a savagely kinetic performance in this representation of a disturbed individual who may just also have been a genius despite, or because of, her treatment at the hands of various men throughout her life.

Judging biopics in terms of historical accuracy is for the most part a futile exercise. There is no 'truth', only interpretation, but if you want to get closer to the facts you really should be in the library, not the movie theatre. The story of Valerie Solanas is especially vexing in this case, because were this a work of complete fiction, the script would never have been made. The 'so what?' factor is superseded by the fact that this actually happened, and the legacy of Solanas still divides contemporary feminists.

As cinema, the film succeeds through the charisma exuded in Taylor's performance. Her descent into madness is sudden, vicious and uncompromising. The depiction of the shooting, the moment the film has been leading up to, shows a human being divorced absolutely from her conscience. The groovy scene around Warhol's the Factory is both decadent and, viewed from the 21st century, slightly twee. The pastiche of Sixties nostalgia is less foregrounded than Solanas's brutal victimhood. The film begins with a reading of her psychiatric evaluation, where a litany of unpunished crimes inflicted upon this woman by various men is laid out. The female director sets her stall out straight away - what you are hearing now leads through a direct line of cause and effect to the monstrous act you will see committed by Solanas later.

If the film has a major flaw, it is the title. Audiences could be mistaken for thinking it is about a documentarian of Warhol's life and work. Solanas and her SCUM manifesto, for better or worse, have made their mark, and perhaps 'Solanas' would have been a more fitting (if less marketable) title. Did it take the shooting for that to be the case? A polemical moment in recent history relayed straightforwardly, this is competent, entertaining, edifying cinema.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The woman who shot him was despicable grahamsmccann
scum manifesto pink-love
Stephen Dorff as Candy Darling?!?! dizzyBallerina
Sympathy redbirdbeat
best 'artsy' movies ? itskub
factory party scene psycho_devochka
Discuss I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?