Heart Beat (1980)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 1980 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ...
Ann Dusenberry ...
Margaret Fairchild ...
Mrs. Kerouac
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Kent Williams ...
Susan Niven ...
Ogden's Secretary
First Receptionist
Mickey Kelly ...
Second Receptionist
Luis Contreras ...
Mexican Junkie
Sharon Lee ...
Blonde in Car
Bob Bendix


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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Beat Legend William S. Burroughs visited the set one day, and wrote about it in 'Rolling Stone' magazine, feeling "the past hung in the air" due to the realism in the film. When sitting with Nick Nolte who played Neal, Burroughs "felt Neal sitting there in his cheap 1950s suit with the sleeves pulled up." (source: 'Literary Outlaw - The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs'.) See more »


Vocal by Aaron Neville
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Byrum
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For Fans of Nolte/Sharkey/Beats
1 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a find with On-Demand. The price was right (free)and I could watch it without leaving the house, so nothing was lost except time. That being said, this is probably a film that fans of Nick Nolte, Ray Sharkey and Beat Generation culture would enjoy. Nolte is in the waning days of his "pretty boy" phase, but he gives a gritty performance. Ray Sharkey's maniacal turn as Ira makes you wonder "what-if" all the more. The Beat Generation backdrop seems a little too clean at times, but it gets a fair shot. However, Sissy Spacek is handed a character that she can't do anything with. This comes from the overly broad brush strokes that the filmmaker uses, which leaves little room for Spacek to work.

All in all, not a bad film; just not one for the ages.

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