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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R | | Biography, Drama | 1 May 1996 (USA)
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This is the 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. After many times of ignoring her, Valerie shot him.

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Mary Harron

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Jeremiah Newton (book), Diane Tucker (research) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Taylor ... Valerie Jean Solanas
Jared Harris ... Andy Warhol
Martha Plimpton ... Stevie
Lothaire Bluteau ... Maurice Girodias
Anna Levine ... Iris (as Anna Thomson)
Peter Friedman ... Alan Burke
Tahnee Welch ... Viva
Jamie Harrold ... Jackie Curtis
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Gerard Malanga (as Donovan Leitch)
Michael Imperioli ... Ondine
Reg Rogers ... Paul Morrisey (as Reg Rodgers)
Bill Sage ... Tom Baker
Jill Hennessy ... Laura
Coco McPherson Coco McPherson ... Brigid Berlin
Myriam Cyr ... Ultra Violet
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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>

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You only get one shot at fame.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Shot Andy Warhol See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,053, 5 May 1996

Gross USA:

$1,875,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,875,527
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filmmakers were given permission to reproduce some of Andy Warhol's paintings and silk screens for the set, but they had to destroy them after filming. 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

Candy Darling: Dear Diary, I try to get what I want, whenever it's possible. I have always found that socially unacceptable people make the best lovers because they are more sensitive. I can be happy and fuffilled. I will never doubt it. I can not afford to. Each thought, each movement turned into a great moving force. Love Candy.
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Love is All Around
Written by Reg Presley
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of Warner Brothers Records
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Her Fifteen Minutes Of Fame
11 January 2012 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

If you shoot someone whom others consider "important" I suppose some filmmaker will want to make a movie about you. I can think of no other reason why anyone would want to make a film about Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor), the spunky, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, self-centered, lesbian feminist who, in the summer of 1968, shot Andy Warhol (Jared Harris). Warhol was a New York City painter/artist ... or something ... and guru of all things avant-garde, who attracted the chic and the trendy to his New York City "Factory", the center of counterculture pop art.

In the film Solanas, who harbors an enormous grudge against men, comes across initially as assertive and resourceful. She makes a living hustling the streets: "Pardon me sir, you got 15 cents? Pardon me sir ..." On the rooftop of a high-rise she types her S.C.U.M. "manifesto", outlining her complaints against the male species.

But whereas Solanas is passionate about her cause, Warhol is a study in emotional detachment and indifference. He, and those in his orbit, sees Solanas more as a hanger-on. At one point, Solanas shows Warhol her typed manifesto. Warhol flips through it and responds in a deadpan manner: "Did you type this yourself? I'm so impressed. You should come type for us." Marvelous.

The film's best element is the acting. Lili Taylor is terrific. She really gets into the Solanas persona. Jared Harris also gives a splendid performance. The film's tone teeters between seriousness and tongue-in-cheek humor. Costumes, prod design, music, and lighting are all credible.

For modern day feminists, "I Shot Andy Warhol" probably is required viewing. For others, the film offers a cinematic study into the mindset of a quirky, sincere, but ultimately self-deceptive and delusional young woman who got her fifteen minutes of fame by carrying her political cause a little too far.


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