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Heart Beat (1980)

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

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Mrs. Kerouac
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Dick
Mary Margaret Amato ...
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Ogden
Susan Niven ...
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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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The editor's line "It's not writing, it's typing" was Truman Capote's evaluation of Kerouac's work. See more »

Soundtracks

THE TWIST
Written by Hank Ballard
Performed by Hank Ballard
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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Near-brilliant production design and art direction; the rest is middling...
20 June 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Fictionalized account of the friendship between writers Nick Cassady and Jack Kerouac, members of the so-called Beat Generation of the late 1950s. Writer-director John Byrum takes a sketchy, connect-the-dots approach to these famous people, and his opaque screenplay, adapted from Carolyn Cassady's memoirs, leaves the actors (Nick Nolte as Cassady, John Heard as Kerouac, Sissy Spacek as Carolyn) often looking as if they haven't been clued-in. There are moments when the cast and the well-realized surroundings warrant far more interest than the story or the dialogue, and that's a weak obstacle in a film about writers. The film is also extremely somber, with only bits and pieces of quirky humor (thanks to a supporting turn by Ray Sharkey) to elevate the depressive air of self-conceit. Visually impressive production, solid work from the men, but Spacek's role is underwritten. ** from ****


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