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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: May 1, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 23, 2001

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA, UK

Studio Samuel Goldwyn Company

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• I Shot Andy Warhol

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Genre: Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Biography, Prostitution, Surreal, Society, True Story, Mental Illness, Drugs, Period Piece, Disturbing

Tagline: You only get one shot at fame.

Plot: Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO) transports New York to a pre-feminist, late 1960s, Andy Warhol art scene in this stylistically inflammatory flick that harkens back to such films as BORN IN FLAMES. Lili Taylor plays the angry Valerie Solanas with a vengeance that just won't quit. Solanas is mad. She's a manic spitfire, has hell to raise, and is armed with the SCUM MANIFESTO. Encouraged by Warhol's queerly noncommittal attitude, Solanas is convinced he will produce her play UP YOUR ASS. Between writing and turning tricks at the Chelsea Hotel, she meets Maurice Girodias, famous publisher of writers like William S. Burroughs, Jean Genet and Pauline Reage. Intrigued by her subversive quality, he signs a contract with her for the completion of two novels. When Solanas realizes she's signed the rights over to Girodias, she begins to unravel and sets out on a paranoid mission to stop him and Warhol from controlling her life.

Harron's film is a manifesto. Stylistically adventurous, this indie romp is a smart and sassy feminist critique of Andy Warhol's Factory scene. Unlike other films that glamorize it (THE DOORS, BASQUIAT), I SHOT ANDY WARHOL exposes the subtle misogyny that is just barely veiled under all the glamor.

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 Directed by
Mary Harron
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 Written by
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 Music By
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