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Timothy Leary's Dead (1996)

Journalizing his final year before dying of cancer in May 1996, this documentary takes a sentimental walk down memory-lane to honor a man whose place in history is surely guaranteed. ... See full summary »

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Journalizing his final year before dying of cancer in May 1996, this documentary takes a sentimental walk down memory-lane to honor a man whose place in history is surely guaranteed. Probably best known for his oft-quoted (and misunderstood) 1960s phrase wherein Dr.Leary encouraged everyone to "turn on, tune in and drop out", the filmmakers sought to capture the real man behind the legend; vox-pops with friends, colleges and family pepper the storyline that made-up the multi-faceted man who was author, psychologist, teacher, guru, fugitive-from-justice and dignified humorist. We see him in his experimental 1960s, the hippie 70s, his thoughtful 80s and the futuristic 90s. Overall a very satisfying documentary about this extraordinary man. Ever the Professor, we see his musings on life & death and, after succumbing to the inevitable, we witness the (somewhat macabre) after-death cryogenic storage of his severed head for his optimistic, future generations to do with what they may. Written by Len Massaar

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Rated R for drug content, nudity, language and some disturbing images
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Timothy Leary: It is my ambition to really liberate the world. Why not? Why settle for anything less? And I have a sense of humor about it. I know the odds are against me. But we only have a few years here. Let's try to leave this, uh, spaceship a better place.
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13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just to set the record straight, Timothy Leary's head was not removed and frozen after his death as shown in this movie. The filmmakers faked this with a plaster cast of Dr. Leary's head. I'm not sure why you'd fake something like this. I guess if you don't have a great ending to your movie you make something up. Most people think this is what actually happened but it's not. Dr. Leary contemplated cryogenics (freezing the body after death) but later decided that it was "too creepy" and opted for a natural death. Timothy died peacefully with his friends around him. He was later "barbecued" as he liked to call it, and his ashes were shot into space.


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