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

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Ray Sharkey ...
Ira
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Stevie
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Mrs. Kerouac
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Dick
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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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24 September 1980 (France)  »

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The movie is based on the 1976 autobiography "Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal" by Carolyn Cassady. Cassady, who died in 2013 at age 90. Reportedly, she was unhappy with this film version of her book, though she did like Sissy Spacek who played her. See more »

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I LOVE HER TOO
Vocal by Aaron Neville
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Byrum
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Captures a time and mood like few others
26 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie ranks third on the all-time best list by capturing at the same time the dynamics of personal relationships and the paradigm shift in American culture from the 1950s to 1960s. It helps in this case, not to have read the book before viewing the movie as the movie stands on its own merits. Those who are looking for the beatnik story will be disappointed as this is a movie about relationships and how people suffer and long for commitment in those relationships. One of the several forlorn characters is Ann Dusenberry (stevie) who steals the show in her relatively brief screen time, giving the best film noirsh, look back from a window and uttering the greatest jilted lover line of all-time ("I don't give a rusty f* for that or anything else"). Nolte gives his best performance ever, he's made for the neal cassady (see rich man, poor man)role. John Heard also gives his best performance in this one while Spacek weighs in with one of her best ever. The look, feel and musical score all blend to capture uniquely a time and place as well as relationship dynamics not often attempted let alone achieved.


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