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Trash (1970)

Unrated | | Drama | 18 February 1971 (West Germany)
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 »

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Paul Morrissey

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Paul Morrissey
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joe Smith
Holly Woodlawn ... Holly Sandiago
Geri Miller Geri Miller ... Geri, the go-go dancer
Andrea Feldman Andrea Feldman ... Rich Girl
John Putnam John Putnam ... Johnny (as Johnny Putnam)
Jane Forth ... Jane
Bruce Pecheur Bruce Pecheur ... Bruce
Diane Podel Diane Podel ... Holly's Sister
Roberto D'Alessandro Roberto D'Alessandro ... Rob (as Rob d'Alesandro)
Michael Sklar Michael Sklar ... Mr. Michaels
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Storyline

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 like Phil Silvers. Joe and Holly try to make a go of things in their Lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe's journeys are in search of real junk... Trash is true-blue movie-making, funny and vivid.--Vincent Canby, The New York Times. Written and directed by Paul Morrissey, "presented" by Andy Warhol. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Trash See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1970
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Filmfactory See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the winter of 1970, Holly Woodlawn received a telegram from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences informing her that the legendary, Oscar-winning director George Cukor had started a campaign to get the Academy to nominate her for an Academy Award for "Trash," supported by petitions whose signatories included Ben Gazzara and Oscar-winner 'Joanne Woodward'. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe: It don't do anything, Geri.
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Alternate Versions

Unlike his predecessor John Trevelyan the new UK censor Stephen Murphy had little time for Warhol's movies and, again unlike Flesh, Trash would receive a checkered history in the UK. The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1971 and only passed the following year in a much shorter form (the distributor having removed around 8 mins of dialogue) and with heavy BBFC cuts which removed heroin scenes, a sequence where Holly attempts to fellate Joe, and an infamous masturbation scene involving Holly and a beer bottle. The initial 1991 UK video release by Virgin Video featured the same heavily cut cinema version, which was then cut by a further 1 minute 12 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of instructive heroin use. The 1996 First Independent Films video release featured the original longer print which restored the dialogue edits and the fellatio/masturbation scenes, though 2 mins 20 secs of BBFC cuts were again made to the heroin scenes. The film was finally passed completely uncut in the UK in June 2005. See more »

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Classic Paul Morrisey Comedy.
25 October 2002 | by semanticonSee all my reviews

It's a shame some people consider this and it's companion pieces to be Andy Warhol films when they really have very little relation at all to the Warhol style and Warhol himself had nothing to do with them. The credit goes to Morrisey and his superstar weirdos. What's even more shocking is that these films are considered to be such works of intellectual art when this movie at least is unashamed pure comedy and not much else. A very funny comedy at times granted, but not a great intelectual work, though it has some social relevance of course. The final scene with the social worker is one of the best comedy scenes in movies, or would be if it weren't for the amateurness of the actor playing the social worker. On the minus, you do have to wonder about the ethics of Morrisey since this film is also, to a small degree, a freak show.


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