Trash (1970)

Fifty-one years ago today, the film Trash (sometimes titled Andy Warhol’s Trash) premiered. Film director George Cukor famously instigated a write-in campaign to have Holly Woodlawn nominated for an Academy Award, but this didn’t materialize.

Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars out of four and wrote, “The Warhol-Morrissey world is a strange one, but in many ways, especially if taken in infrequent doses, a far more real world than the formula Hollywood drama or comedy. The actors are solidly in touch with their madness and can improvise with wit.”

Title: Trash
Directed by: Paul Morrissey
Written by: Paul Morrissey
Starring: Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, and Jane Forth
Release date: October 5, 1970
Running time: 110 min.
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $25,000

Joe Smith, a heroin addict, is on a quest to score more drugs. Joe has problematic relationship with his on-off, sexually frustrated girlfriend, Holly Sandiago.

During the course of the day, Joe overdoses in front of an upper-class couple, attempts to fool welfare into approving his methadone treatment by having Holly fake a pregnancy, and frustrates the women in his life with his drug-induced impotence.

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