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
Ann Dusenberry ...
Stevie
Margaret Fairchild ...
Mrs. Kerouac
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Dick
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Waitress
Kent Williams ...
Ogden
Susan Niven ...
Ogden's Secretary
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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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When _Sissy Spacek_ was told that she did not have the role in _Heart Beat_, she broke a glass of wine in her hands. The producer was so impressed by the gesture, that he ultimately gave Spacek the role. He handed her a piece of shattered glass and said "this clinched the deal". See more »

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THE TWIST
Written by Hank Ballard
Performed by Hank Ballard
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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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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