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Heart Beat (1980)

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The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

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Ira
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Stevie
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Dick
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Ogden
Susan Niven ...
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Luis Contreras ...
Mexican Junkie
Sharon Lee ...
Blonde in Car
Stephen Davies ...
Bob Bendix
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The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

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They shocked us. They outraged us. They didn't do anything wrong. They just did it first.

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LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by The Four Aces
Featuring Al Alberts
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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A take on a subject strangely lacking in coverage
6 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Considering all the comment about the "beat generation" US literary movement of the 1950's and 60's, it seems there's not much film examination of it. The only book of Kerouac's to be filmed so far was the confusing "The Subterraneans" in 1960, not an obvious candidate. This 1980 film is the only biopic of which I'm aware that follows the Kerouac/Neal & Carolyn Cassady saga. It's spotty and doesn't communicate a great deal of what "beat" literature claimed to have accomplished (if indeed anything WAS accomplished), but Nolte was born to play the role of Neal C., which performance alone seals the value of this film. The Cassadys were muses that helped generate Kerouac's impetus to write, and the rest is history.


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