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Release Date:
14 March 2001 (France) See more »
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The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Ted Bafaloukos ... Junk Dealer
Tom Baker ... Go-Go Bar Patron

Eszter Balint ... Herself

Jean Michel Basquiat ... Himself
Roberta Bayley ... Street Girl
Snooky Bellomo ... Manic Panic Girl
Tish Bellomo ... Manic Panic Girl
Bemshi ... Dancer
Victor Bockris ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Byron Bowie ... Himself
Joe Bowie ... Himself - Trombonist, James White & The Blacks
Diane Brill ... Kid Creole Announcer
Steven Brown ... Himself
John Browner ... Go-Go Bar Patron
Clem Burke ... The Felons band member
Anne Carlisle ... Fashion Show Model (as Ann Carlyle)
James Chance ... James White
Ma Chang ... Himself
Marshall Chess ... Thief
Mickey Clean ... Pot Dealer
Carol Coleman ... Herself
Diego Cortez ... Fist-fighter at the Mudd Club

Kid Creole (as August Darnell)
Ronnie Cutrone ... Go-Go Bar Patron
Jimmy Destri ... Taxi Driver
Tomas Doncker ... Himself - Guitarist, James White & The Blacks
George Dubose ... Go-Go Bar Patron
Lori Eastside ... Herself
Barbara Egan ... Fashion Show Model

Fab 5 Freddy ... Graffiti Artist
Tav Falco ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Lenny Ferrari ... Himself
Bradley Field ... Studio Manager

Vincent Gallo ... Himself
Karen Geniece ... Herself - Guitarist, Walter Steding & The Dragon People
Patrick Geooffrois ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Giorgio Gomelsky ... The Landlord
Winston Grennan ... Himself - Drummer, Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Ronnie Griffith ... Herself
Bobby Grossman ... East Village Junkie
Vinnie Grouppi ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Richie Harrison ... Himself

Deborah Harry ... Fairy Godmother
Kristian Hoffman ... A&R Person
Michael Holman ... Michael
Adriana Kaegi ... Herself
Patrice Kamins ... Fashion Show Model
Arto Lindsay ... Himself
Andrew Lloyd ... Himself
Lucille ... Fashion Show Model
Hal Ludacer ... Fashion Show Model

John Lurie ... Himself
Compton Maddux ... Limo Driver
Cherie Marilyn ... Dancer
Maripol ... Fashion Designer
Steve Mass ... Drunk at the Go-Go Bar

Debi Mazar ... Peppermint Lounge Dancer
Mark Mazur ... Himself
David McDermott
Mitsuru ... Make-up Artist
Haoui Montaug ... Club Doorman
Daniela Morera ... Mrs. Cavalcanti
Ikue Mori ... Herself
John Morton ... Peppermint Lounge Doorman
Olivier Mosset ... Bike Rider
Cookie Mueller ... 2nd Go-Go Dancer

Coati Mundi ... Himself

Elliott Murphy ... Rock Star
Chica Nakanishi ... Herself - Vocalist, The Plastics
Toshio Nakanishi ... Himself
Bern Nix ... Himself
Glenn O'Brien ... Neil Barlowe
Vicki Pedersen ... Dresser

Amos Poe ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Cheryl Poirier ... Herself
Peter Principle ... Himself

'Lee' George Quinones ... Graffiti Artist
Catherine Rebennack ... 1st Go-Go Dancer
Blaine Reininger ... Himself
Danny Rosen ... Danny
Lisa Rosen ... The Maid
Steve Sabato ... Car Seller

Anita Sarko ... D.J.
Ernest Scaglione ... Go-Go Bar Manager
Cyndy Schneidau ... Nurse
Millie Schneidau ... Nurse
Peter Schott ... Himself
Anna Schroeder ... The Love Interest
Takemi Shima ... Himself - Drummer, The Plastics
Benedicte Siroux ... Fashion Show Model
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ... Go-Go Bar Patron
Lindzee Smith ... Club Owner
Steven Z. Soszynski ... Grocer

Walter Steding ... Himself

Chris Stein ... The Felons band member
Dave Street ... Musician
Michael Sullivan ... Himself - Maracasist, The Felons
Claudia Summers ... Friend in Park
Betsy Sussler ... Conversationalist at Mudd Club
Hajime Tachibana ... Himself
Snuky Tate ... Himself
Marty Thau ... Record Mogul
Colin Wade ... Himself
Richard Weigand ... Doctor

Saul Williams ... Jean-Michel Basquiat (voice)
Tim Wright ... Himself
Vanya Edwards ... Herself (uncredited)
Kool Kyle ... Himself - Rapper (uncredited)

Directed by
Edo Bertoglio 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glenn O'Brien 

Produced by
Maripol .... producer
Patrick Montgomery .... co-producer
Glenn O'Brien .... co-producer
Michael Zilkha .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Vincent Gallo 
 
Cinematography by
John McNulty 
 
Film Editing by
Pamela French 
 
Art Direction by
Maripol 
 
Makeup Department
Claudia Porcelli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Claire Barnier .... post-production supervisor
Pamela French .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Sabato .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jo Cunningham .... foley artist
Jo Cunningham .... sound designer
Jo Cunningham .... supervising sound editor
Steve French .... foley artist
Steve French .... sound designer
Michael Jordan .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Maier .... sound mixer
Alan Treadwell .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dwane Arthur .... grip (as Dwayne Arthur)
Stephen Barrow .... grip (as Steve Barrow)
Mike Edwards .... assistant camera
Joseph Keller .... second camera operator
Jeff Wayman .... assistant camera (as Jeff Weyman)
 
Casting Department
Maripol .... casting
Glenn O'Brien .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Seth Anderson .... assistant editor
Franck Goldberg .... rough cut editor
Mia Lee .... assistant editor
Kent McGrew .... color timer
Dan O'Grady .... negative conformist
Julie O'Grady .... negative conformist
Jean-Pierre Roland-Levy .... assistant editor (as J.P. Roland Levy)
Kristen Worrell .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Michael Fossenkemper .... music mixer
Pamela French .... music editor
Lynn Geller .... music consultant
Arto Lindsay .... composer: song "Detached"
Arto Lindsay .... musician: "Detached" (as DNA)
Maripol .... musical director
Glenn O'Brien .... musical director
 
Transportation Department
Todd MacNicholl .... driver
 
Other crew
Denise Keating .... intern
Pamela Page .... script supervisor
Cyndy Schneidau .... production coordinator (as Cindy Schneidau)
Jason Stoff .... titles
 
Thanks
Robert Aaron .... thanks
Charlie Ahearn .... thanks
Jojo Americo .... thanks
Joseph Arias .... thanks (as Joey Arias)
Gerard Basquiat .... thanks
Jean Michel Basquiat .... film dedicated to
Steven Bernstein .... thanks
Giancarlo Bertoni .... thanks
Max Blagg .... thanks
Bob Blank .... thanks
Reza Blue .... thanks
Victor Bockris .... thanks
Duane Boute .... thanks
Dominic Chianese .... thanks
Sophie Comet .... thanks
Diego Cortez .... thanks
Johnny Dynell .... thanks
Richard Ende .... thanks
Fab 5 Freddy .... thanks
Nacho Fagalde .... thanks
Suzanne Fenn .... thanks
Bradley Field .... in memory of
Elio Fiorucci .... thanks
Jim Fouratt .... thanks
Vincent Gallo .... thanks
Patrick Geooffrois .... in memory of
Eric Goode .... thanks
Bobby Grossman .... thanks
Anthony Haden-Guest .... thanks
Scot Hamlin .... thanks
Deborah Harry .... thanks
Jonas Herbsman .... thanks
Karri Jinkins .... thanks
Bob Krasnow .... thanks
John Lurie .... thanks
Hooman Majd .... thanks
Raul Marti .... thanks
Steve Mass .... thanks
Debi Mazar .... thanks
Melle Mel .... thanks
Lino Meoli .... thanks
Carla Milesi .... thanks
Paul Miller .... thanks
Haoui Montaug .... in memory of
Lovey Moreno .... thanks
Cookie Mueller .... in memory of
Coati Mundi .... thanks (as Andy Hernandez)
Gina Nanni .... thanks
Gianni Nunnari .... thanks
Pat Oleszko .... thanks
Suzana Peric .... thanks
Anya Phillips .... in memory of (as Anya Philips)
Amos Poe .... thanks
Nicolas Porcelli .... thanks (as Nick Porcelli)
Nile Rodgers .... thanks
J.P. Roland-Levy .... in memory of
Jo Shane .... thanks
Peter Shukat .... thanks
Kate Simon .... thanks
Gib Smith .... thanks
Richard Sohl .... thanks
Chris Stein .... thanks
Gordon Stevenson .... in memory of
Betsy Sussler .... thanks
Chi Chi Valenti .... thanks
Françoise Vallée .... thanks (as François Vallèe)
Dorothy Weber .... thanks
Arthur Weinstein .... thanks
Wendy Whitelaw .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"New York Beat Movie" - USA (original title)
"Glenn O'Brien's New York Beat Movie" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
France:73 min | Japan:75 min | USA:72 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 1981, financial problems prevented the post-production and release of the film. Subsequently, parts of the film became lost over the years. After much searching, the missing materials were located in 1998. Finally, post production began in 1999 and the film was released in 2000.See more »
Quotes:
Jean Michel Basquiat:I'm an artist. When you tell people that they usually say, 'what's your medium?' I usually say, 'extra large.'See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Basquiat (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
CavernSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A portrait of a lost time, 1 February 2011
Author: ihasch from United States

Your assessment of this movie depends completely on what you are looking for. If you come to this film without any knowledge of who and what and why, it will be disappointing. But if you approach the film not as a movie in the regular sense but as an historical document of a moment in time, then it becomes an entirely different experience. In this sense it helps to understand what is being documented and who these people are. Some working knowledge of the late 70s NYC downtown scene, the Mudd Club, T.V. Party, the lower east side art boom, the post-punk music world, etc. gives you a much greater sense of appreciation. Understood historically and not just as another film, whether the movie works as a traditional film, whether the plot is interesting or the characters well developed (a tricky proposition seeing that the original dialogue was lost and had to be re-dubbed) doesn't matter. What you are seeing is the last truly avant garde art and music scene in the US before AIDS, money, MTV and the rest destroyed it. And it focuses on someone right at the center of the storm, Basquiat before his rise to international fame. (Another commentator questioned Basquiat's cultural credibility, but I'm not sure what culture he is talking about). Beyond that the musical performances are exceptional and rare and are worth the price of admission by themselves. This is a portrait of something lost and timeless. It is a fascinating historical document and should be appreciated as such.

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