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The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  20 June 1997 (USA)
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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »

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Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfriend, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets scared and runs away. But when Joan reappears will he take the chance at that happiness, or will he turn his back on it? Written by Katie

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A love story with consequences See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elämän harhapolut  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,836 (USA) (20 June 1997)

Gross:

$12,836 (USA) (20 June 1997)
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The film is based on a letter written by Cassady to Jack Kerouac in 1950. See more »

Goofs

The epilogue notes that Neal Cassady died in 1968 at the age of 42. In actuality, he died four days before his 42nd birthday. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You must resign yourself to being extraordinary.
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Written by Denzil Best
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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All-around excellence in acting, writing, and direction!
9 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is a perfect evocation of Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the times that they lived in. It is the way they and other members of the Beat Generation lived. The script by Stephen Kay is based on a letter that Neal Cassady wrote to Allen Ginsberg about an adventure he had with a girl called Cherry Mary. Thomas Jane gives an outstanding performance as Neal, and Gretchen Mol is a scene-stealer as Cherry Mary. The cast is rounded out with strong supporting turns by Claire Forlani, Keanu Reeves (surprise, surprise!), and Adrien Brody. The direction, soundtrack, costumes, and cinematography all conspire to put you back in time. Stephen Kay is an assured director with just the right touch.


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