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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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Life is what happens when you're busy making plans 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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Neal Cassady: One startled look and I knew, I was right back where I'd started.
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Soundtracks

Shaw 'Nuff'
Written by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
Performed by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
Courtesy of Jazz Classics Inc.
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A superb piece of filmmaking
4 February 2003 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

I am writing this because I am in stark disagreement with a certain editor. This little film shows excellent directing, cinematography and acting. It stands as testimony against, and is infinitely better then, most of the talentless "indie" wastes of time that you'll see in the country's smaller theaters today. Thomas Jane BECOMES a young Neal Cassady, and displays one of the finer performances you'll ever see on film. In fact, the acting is excellent overall (To which the director should be praised). Admittedly, if you are interested in the legend of Neal Cassady this movie is going to be much more interesting to you. Still, even if you are not, it is a fine story of unrequited love, with humor and the spirit of the enjoyment of life. It is a touching period piece, excellently delivered and exceptionally written. The other Cassady-driven movie (unrelated to this cast and crew) - "Heart Beat" (1980) - hits you like a stale yellow lamp on a boring Sunday afternoon by comparison. This film is vivid and beautiful. It is a shame that a film of this caliber is being ignorantly shuffled under the carpet, becoming prematurely harder to fine with each passing day, while the constant deluge of mindlessness produced by the big studios becomes marketed ad nauseam over the course of decades. Stephen T. Kay made the kind of film that inspires filmmakers.

The soundtrack - also becoming harder and harder to find - cannot be beat (It remained untouched from my CD player for months). Personally, I had never been a fan of jazz music before owning it.


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