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Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat's tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday August 9 1996
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Julian Schnabel
Screenwriter: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Jeffrey Wright
Christopher Walken
Dennis Hopper
David Bowie
Gary Oldman
Courtney Love
Tatum O'Neal
Willem Dafoe
Claire Forlani
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