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Painter-turned-moviemaker Julian Schnabel ("Before Night Falls") depicts the life of his friend and fellow creator Jean-Michel Basquiat. Discovered while a graffiti artist in New York's East Village, the young Basquiat skyrockets across the 1980s art scene and gets caught in the temptations of celebrity, falling prey to the usual suspects: bad love and bad drugs. Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Parker Posey and Lili Taylor also star, with many cameo hipsters at the gallery openings.

Written by: Julian Schnabel

Story by: Michael Holman

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

Duration: 107 mins

Genre: Drama

Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Content, Mild Violence

Rating: R

Audio Format: English/Spanish, Stereo

Video Format: HDTV, Closed Captioning