Heart Beat (1980)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 1980 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 412 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 11 critic

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



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only to wind up on the lam with John's wife when the deal goes sour.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty
Raggedy Man (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It's 1944 in the small town of Gregory, Texas. Divorcée Nita Longley has been brought into the town by the telephone company to work as its switchboard operator, a job which requires her to... See full summary »

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller
Grace Quigley (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Grace Quigley is nearing the end of her life, living alone in her New York apartment. One day she witnesses a murder being committed by top hit-man, Seymour Flint. She decides to blackmail ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Harvey
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Nick Nolte, Kit Le Fever
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper
Cannery Row (1982)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Ward
Stars: Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, Audra Lindley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Young love may endure in your heart and one day re-ignite, but reality may soon dowse the flames.

Director: Jack Fisk
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, Bonnie Bedelia
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Keith Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Geraldine Chaplin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 1958, two teenagers take their pride and joy, a hopped-up Chevy, and start a cross-country journey to enter it in the National Championship drag races in California. Along the way they ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Nick Nolte, Don Johnson, Robin Mattson
Death Sentence (TV Movie 1974)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A juror on a murder case begins to believe that the man on trial is innocent of the crime - and then discovers that the real killer is her own husband.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Laurence Luckinbill, Nick Nolte
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A seeming good Samaritan (Debra Winger) hires a private detective (Nolte) to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Debra Winger, Nick Nolte, Will Patton
Crime | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mayhem starts when a gang of bikers is accused of a sadistic rape in a small town.

Directors: William Dear, Thomas Van Dyke
Stars: David Hyry, J. Craig Collicut, Carson Jackson


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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




R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

24 September 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bicie serca  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by The Four Aces
Featuring Al Alberts
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

dead on arrival
26 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writer director John Byrun's Hollywood whitewash of the Beat Generation completely ignores its most conspicuous trait, settling for routine conformity over the uninhibited freedom, which gave the movement its energy and impetus. Instead of following their example the film tiptoes respectfully through the rebellious antics of Jack Keruac and Neil Cassidy, in tepid portraits calculated not to offend anyone, least of all Carolyn Cassidy, whose memoirs inspired the film and whose blessing the makers obviously courted. Nick Nolte (as Cassidy) fares best, but only for lack of adequate comparison; John Heard's portrayal of Keruac makes the over-indulgent writer seem a confused but nice young man unable to measure up to his own legend, and Byrun apparently never bothered to give Sissy Spacek a character at all. Each is simply a two-dimensional reduction of a historical archetype, and none is able to save the film from cardiac arrest.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release??? neil57
DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
Kerouac's daughter Jan's scene in the movie karmacoupe
Carolyn Cassady — has gone to join Jack + Neal karmacoupe
Discuss Heart Beat (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: