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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

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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 <>

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You only get one shot at fame.


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

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Release Date:

1 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ela Baleou Andy Warhol  »

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$1,814,290 (USA)

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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 »


In a segment taking place just weeks before she shoots Andy Warhol in June 1968, Valerie Solanas and Candy Darling watch the Miss America pageant on TV, an event which is actually held in September. See more »


Ondine: What the fuck is a gay bar? Can you tell me? What is that? As a homosexual, I will not go! I will not go to one! Why should I be segregated?
Fred Hughes: You're right, you should be isolated.
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Referenced in The Venture Bros.: ¡Viva los muertos! (2006) See more »


Written by Georgia Hubley (as G. Hubley) and Ira Kaplan (as I. Kaplan)
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Better than I thought it would be
4 April 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Lili Taylor, as I think I've said here before, is one of my favorite actresses, but I have to admit I was hesitant about seeing this film, especially when a friend told me he found it overrated. I have a hard time with people who type people in general terms, and this movie seemed, at first, to say "All men are scum." And the opening 15-30 minutes seem to indicate this is just going to be a rant. However, you do gradually get to empathize with all the people involved, and you do get an idea of how things were at that time. Taylor and Jared Harris were fine as Valerie Solanas and Andy Warhol, respectively, but the real surprise for me was Stephen Dorff as Candy Darling. I've never thought much of Dorff, but he really shone through here, refusing to stereotype Candy or inject too much pathos.

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