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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)



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In 1968, flamboyant hedonist and pop-art icon Andy Warhol nearly died after he was shot by radical, lesbian feminist Valerie Solanas and for years her real reasons for the attempted assassination have remained clouded. With this powerful, dramatic portrait, which filmmaker/screenwriter Mary Harron tries to shed light on the troubled Solanas' motivations. Claiming that her portrayal of the events is 95% accurate, Harron has carefully re-created the events, locations and the strange coterie surrounding the influential artist. Officially it's been recorded that Solanas' acted in retaliation after Warhol banned her from his inner sanctum, The Factory, for making trouble. But the real reasons for her bottomless rage soon manifest. Abused as a child, Solanas became a prostitute in high school and also discovered her homosexuality. By college, Solanas was a notorious man-hater. In 1966, Solanas wrote her famed SCUM Manifesto a "revolutionary" tract against all men. It was her dream that her Society for Cutting Up Men would become a major movement, but in the end, Solanas was the only member. She then wrote a play called Up Your Ass. Convinced that only the great Warhol could do the subversive work justice, she finagled a way into the Factory with her transvestite friend Candy Darling -- who would later become one of Warhol's superstars -- and presented the work to the artist. None of the party-goers were particularly interested in the work, but eventually Warhol did allow Solanas to appear in one film I, a Man. Though a regular at Factory gatherings, the aggressive, increasingly radical Solanas became too intense for Warhol's drugged, hedonistic cadre and the artist exiled her from his loft. Thus isolated, Solanas spiraled into an inescapable whirlpool of violent madness.


Lili Taylor
as Valerie Solanas
Jared Harris
as Andy Warhol
Stephen Dorff
as Candy Darling
Danny Morgenthau
as Jeremiah Newton
Lothaire Bluteau
as Maurice Girodias
Reg Rogers
as Paul Morissey
Dan Morgenstern
as Jeremiah Newton
Coco McPherson
as Brigid Berlin
Donovan Leitch
as Gerard Malanga
Yo La Tengo
as The Velvet Underground
Craig Chester
as Fred Hughes
James Lyons
as Billy Name
Jamie Harrold
as Jackie Curtis
Myriam Cyr
as Ultra Violet
Bill Sage
as Tom Baker
Billy Erb
as Rotten Rita
Kevin Rendon
as Amphetamine Head
Caroline Benezet-Brown
as Isabelle De Courcy
Anh Duong
as Comtesse De Courcy
Massimo Audiello
as Mario Amaya
Christina McKay
as Warhol Superstar 1
Eugenie Vincent
as Warhol Superstar 2
Georgia Hubley
as Member of Party Band
Ira Kaplan
as Member of Party Band
James McNew
as Member of Party Band
Tara Key
as Member of Party Band
Mark Margolis
as Louis Solanas
Dawn Didawick
as Waitress
Faith Geer
as Mrs. Warhola
Jeff Webster
as Assistant D.A. Lanklar
Lola Pashalinski
as Psychiatrist
Henry Cabot Beck
as Reporter 1
Edoardo Ballerini
as Editor of School Paper
Gabriel Mann
as Clean Cut Boy
Fenton Lawless
as John Who Likes Golf Shoes
Michelle Hurst
as Nedick's Manager
Michael Stumm
as Chelsea Manager
Justin Theroux
as Mark the Revolutionary
Eric Mabius
as Revolutionary No. 2
Peter Friedman
as Alan Burke
Davis Hall
as Alan Burke Show Director
Paco Juanas
as Flamenco Guitarist
Steve Itkin
as Police Chief on TV
Bill Lin
as Passerby Man
Debbon Ayer
as Passerby Girl
Anna Grace
as Passerby Girl 2
Daniel Haughey
as The Pornographer
Lynn Cohen
as Hotel Concierge
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Critic Reviews for I Shot Andy Warhol

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

Though this terrifically cast movie may prove a tad too detached even for some members of its targeted audience, it covers remarkable ground in less than two hours.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4
Top Critic

[Mary Harron] does two remarkable things in her movie: She makes Solanas almost sympathetic and sometimes moving and funny, and she creates a portrait of the Factory that's devastating and convincing.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Though it's still unclear to me why she was so fixated on Warhol, Solanas's points are incendiary, to say the least, but interesting to think about.

January 6, 2022 | Full Review…

The film is a dead scramble for significance in the pop-culture junk-pit, and Harron never seems sure what it is she's rummaging around for.

October 25, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] compelling portrait of Warhol's would-be assassin.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The film benefit from Lili Taylor's perfromance and from nice artistic treatment, but Valerie Solanas is simply not interesting enough as a dramatic character to occupy the center of a whole film.

October 24, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Shot Andy Warhol


A shallow, silly film that portrays all its characters, including Andy Warhol, as ditzy airheads. The only real airhead here is Mary Harron, the filmmaker who created this.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer


Very well done. Really captures the look and feel of (what I would think) that whole "factory period" would have been like. Complete decadence on a totally supercial level. Lili Taylor is brilliant as is the rest of the cast. Don't get me wrong...Solano was completely unstable, but ultimately it's very sad in the sense that most of her "crazy" rantings seem to come true. Self fullfilling prophecy...or perhaps there was a little truth mixed in with her madness?

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

Would have been okay if I were on acid. Although I love Lili Taylor so she did a fantastic job.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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