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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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Credited cast:
Todd Mills ...
Himself / Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bowen ...
Himself (as Dr. Richard Alpert)
Timothy Leary ...
Zach Leary ...
Vicki Marshall ...
Ralph Metzner ...
Himself (as Dr. Ralph Metzner)


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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6 June 1997 (USA)  »

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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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A weird film about a wired guy
30 July 2002 | by (Hollywood, ca) – See all my reviews

The producers of this film come off as a sleazy defense attorney trying to defend a mob hit man. "Everybody knows its true, but you can't prove anything--not guilty!".

Indeed Timothy Leary himself seems to be adopting the same attitude--protesting his legal innocence, while admitting to everything (with a knowing smirk).

Indeed, he comes off even worse than a country music singer that becomes obscenely rich while singing the virtues of poverty.

This film filled in many gaps in my knowledge between the man an the myth and the ending will leave you with one of the weirdest feelings imaginable--We'll miss you guy!

P.S. For those of you that like your theme songs repeated ad nauseum, this film can not be beat!

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