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The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

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Jean Michel Basquiat
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Rene Ricard
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Benny Dalmau
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Gina Cardinale
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Andy Warhol
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Bruno Bischofberger
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Albert Milo
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The Interviewer
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The Electrician
Jean-Claude La Marre ...
Shenge (as Jean Claude LaMarre)
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Mary Boone
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Annina Nosei
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Henry Geldzahler
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Big Pink
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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
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Mr. Chow
Stella Schnabel ...
Stella
Steven Randazzo ...
Maitre' d at Ballato's
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Counterman at Deli
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Giorgio
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Guard at Hospital
Hope Clarke ...
Matilde
Brian Wright ...
Young Jean Michel
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Lech
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Mary on TV
Robert Alexander ...
Band Guy
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Vincent
Nemo ...
Nemo
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Jean Michel's Father
Dave Shelley ...
Photographer
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Frank
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Juan
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Thug
Ron Brice ...
Thug
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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:
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Julie (uncredited)
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Party Guest Vincent Gallo (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
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Fan (uncredited)
Olatz López Garmendia ...
Christine (uncredited)
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Soho Art Gallery Guest (uncredited)
Paul Outlaw ...
Paul (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Young Joe Dallesandro (uncredited)
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Chef at Leshko's Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Julian Schnabel

Written by

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Lech Majewski ... (story)
John Bowe ... (short story)
 
Julian Schnabel ... (written by)
 
Michael Holman ... (story development)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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John Cale
Julian Schnabel

Cinematography by

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Ron Fortunato

Film Editing by

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Michael Berenbaum

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Sheila Jaffe
Georgianne Walken

Production Design by

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Dan Leigh

Art Direction by

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C.J. Simpson

Set Decoration by

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Susan Bode

Costume Design by

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John Dunn

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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Michael Holman ... second unit director
Lisa Janowski ... second assistant director
Jonathan Starch ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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 ... 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)

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects supervisor (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Janos Pilenyi ... titles and optical effects (as Janos O. Pilenyi)

Stunts

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Jeff Ward ... stunt coordinator
Richard E. Butler ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Myles Aronowitz ... still photographer
Beverly Cable ... generator operator (as Beverly Jones)
Andrew Casey ... camera operator (as Andrew W. Casey) / steadicam 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

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting
Karen E. Etcoff ... extras casting
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor
Anne Disano ... assistant to costume designer
Anne Gorman ... wardrobe
Barrett Hong ... wardrobe supervisor
Laura Solin-Valdina ... costumer (as Laura R. Solin)

Location Management

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Shannon Causey ... location assistant (as Shannon Bowen)
Lys Hopper ... location manager
Lauren Klain ... location intern
Isabelle Kostic Crosley ... location scout
Nectarios Leonidas ... location intern
Terry 't-bone' Rhodes ... assistant location manager (as Terry Rhodes)
Adrian Sas ... location intern
Greg Schnabel ... location coordinator
Christopher Tarantino ... location intern (as Chris Tarantino)

Music Department

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Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Michael Lang ... music consultant
Bill Laswell ... composer: additional music
Jim Leavitt ... music researcher
Martha Mooke ... musician
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

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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

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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
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
Judy Janelli ... craft service
Zoe Kohlmayer ... production intern
Dylan Korelich ... set production assistant
Susan Labunski ... key set production assistant
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
Dawn Murphy Riley ... production coordinator
Allison Russo ... set production assistant (as Alison Russo)
Amy Shultz ... insurance carrier: Disc Insurance
Lois Smith ... publicist: PMK Public Relations
Peter Soldinger ... production intern
Elizabeth Zagrany ... auditor (as Beth Zagrany)
Miles Ferguson ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Joe Glasco ... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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, Basquiat becomes a star and a part of Andy Warhol's art world circle. But success has a price, and Basquiat pays with friendships, love, and eventually, his life. Written by Martin Lewison

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Taglines In 1981, A Nineteen-Year-Old Unknown Graffiti Writer Took The New York Art World By Storm. The Rest Is Art History. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Баския (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Basquiat - Traços de Uma Vida (Brazil)
  • Basquiat - den svarte rebellen (Sweden)
  • Basquiat - Taniec ze smiercia (Poland)
  • Build a Fort, Set It on Fire
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $83,863, 11 Aug 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the film, David Bowie is adorned in the actual wigs worn by the real Andy Warhol. See more »
Goofs The closing credits states that Basquiat died on October 12, 1988. The real date is August 12, 1988. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Jack/Aladdin and the King of Thieves/Escape from L.A./Basquiat/The Pompatus of Love (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Fairytale of New York See more »
Crazy Credits At the very end of the credits, a short clip showing a surfer riding on a wave is displayed. It's very similar to the surfing/wave shots that Basquiat keeps seeing whenever he looks up to the sky during the movie, but it's in full color instead of being blue-tinted. See more »
Quotes Rene: What is it about art anyway that we give it so much importance? Artists are respected by the poor because what they do is an honest way to get out of the slum using one's sheer self as the medium. The money earned, proof, pure and simple, of the value of that individual, the artist. The picture a mother's son does in jail hangs on her wall as proof that beauty is possible even in the most wretched. And this is a much different idea than fancier notion that art is a scam and a ripoff. But you can never explain to someone who uses God's gift to enslave, that you have used God's gift to be free.
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