Trash (1970 film)

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Directed by Paul Morrissey
Written by Paul Morrissey
Starring Joe Dallesandro
Holly Woodlawn
Jane Forth
Release date
  • October 5, 1970 (1970-10-05)
Running time
110 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000

Trash (alternate title: Andy Warhol's Trash) is a 1970 American film directed and written by Paul Morrissey.

The movie stars Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn and Jane Forth. Dallesandro had previously starred in several other Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey films such as The Loves of Ondine, Lonesome Cowboys, San Diego Surf, and Flesh. Dallesandro was Morrissey's preferred leading man.

Holly makes her screen debut in this film; director George Cukor famously instigated a write-in campaign to have her nominated for an Academy Award which didn't materialize. Jane Forth, a 17-year-old model, also makes her debut in this film. She would shortly afterwards appear on the cover of Look magazine. The film also features other Warhol superstars such as Andrea Feldman and Geri Miller. Sissy Spacek also made a quick uncredited appearance as 'a girl who sits at the bar' but was cut from the final film.

The film features graphic scenes of intravenous drug use, sex, and frontal nudity.


The movie follows Joe (Dallesandro), a heroin addict, throughout his quest to score more drugs. The episodic plot occurs over a single day and centers around Joe's problematic relationship with his on-off, sexually frustrated girlfriend (Woodlawn).

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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