Plot – Jean-Michel Basquiat is 19 and doubts about his future. He has a great passion for drawing and makes graffiti. He's very poor but he participates to the New York artistic movements and begins a relationship with Gina, a waitress. One day Jean-Michel finds the courage to show his paintings to Andy Warhol, who appreciates their quality. Now the homeless artist begins a climb to the success. As popularity isn't enough to stop his strong self-destructive impulses, Jean-Michel dies at 26.
All actors – Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Claude La Marre, Parker Posey, Elina Löwensohn, Paul Bartel, Courtney Love, Tatum O'Neal, Chuck Pfeiffer, Rockets Redglare, Esther G. Schnabel, Jack Schnabel, Lola Schnabel, Peter McGough, David McDermott, Michael Chow, Stella Schnabel, Steven Randazzo, Michael Badalucco, Francis Dumaurier, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Hope Clarke, Brian Wright, Tarmo Urb, Denise Burse, Robert Alexander, Vincent Laresca, Nemo, Leonard Jackson, David Shelley, Frederick Weller, Rene Rivera, Sam Rockwell, Ron Brice, William Seymour, Richard E. Butler, Joe Glasco, Steven Parenago, Vladamir Parenago, José Luis Ferrer, Irene Kiss, Richard the Ox, Julie Araskog, Vincent Gallo, Melody Krell, Linda Larkin, Olatz López Garmendia, Jennifer Miro, Paul Outlaw, Thomas Urbshow all
“Basquiat” Quotes 20 quotes
“- Benny Dalmau: What would you do if I kissed ya?
- Gina Cardinale: You're out of your mind. You should take more drugs.”
“I'll be forty in July, and I'm glad I never got recognition. It gives me time to develop.”
“You know, your audience isn't even born yet.”
“- Big Pink: How can I ever thank you?
- Jean Michel Basquiat: Can I squeeze your titties?”
“Famous people are usually pretty fuckin' stupid.”
“- Rene Ricard: What's your name?
- Jean Michel Basquiat: Jean-Michel Basquiat.
- Rene Ricard: Oh my God, you sound famous already!”
“When I speak nobody believes me, but when I write it down everybody knows it to be true.”
“How many pictures did he sell, one? He couldn't give them away. He has to be the most modern artist, but everybody hated him. He was so ashamed of his life that the rest of our history will be contribution to Van Gogh's neglect. No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another like Van Gogh.”
“Fuck Hawaii. Let's go to Ireland. We'll stop in every bar and have a drink.”
“- Jean Michel Basquiat: How long does it take to get famous?
- Benny Dalmau: Four years. Six to get rich.”
“First you're gonna have to dress right. Then you're gonna have to hang out with famous people. Make friends with the right blonde people. Go to the right parties. Social life. Then you gotta do your work all the time, and you're not doing that. But I'm talking about the same kind of work, the same style, so people recognize you and don't get...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Jean Michel Basquiat: I gotta get out of New York...
- Andy Warhol: We could go to Pittsburgh! I kinda grew up there. They have this room with all the world's famous statues in it, so you don't even have to go to Europe any more... just go to Pittsburgh.”
“You can never explain to someone who uses God's gift to enslave, that you have used God's gift to be free.”
“- Cynthia Kruger: I just don't know if I can live with the green.
- Jean Michel Basquiat: You want me to make it a nice shit brown?
- Tom Kruger: I beg your pardon. Nobody makes fun of my wife but me.”
“We're no longer collecting art; we're buying people.”