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The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

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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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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elämän harhapolut  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Keanu Reeves gained 35 pounds for his role. See more »


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 »


Harry: Sometimes a little distraction's ... a good thing.
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A brilliant adaptation!
1 July 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Seeing that the whole movie is based on a letter from Neal Cassidy to Jack Kerouac, I reckon Stephen Kay did an excellent job of re-creating the essence that was Cassidy and his neer-do-well existence.

You felt for Neal (played very well by Thomas Jane ). He could almost taste the sweetness of a well balanced life - the honey at home the white picket fence the dog running around in the yard, but circumstance (his likings for the female of the species, penchant for stealing cars and his friendship with good 'ol HARRY [played brilliantly by KEANU REEVES]), just got in the way of true happiness.

The supporting cast give good all round performances, especially Claire Forlani as the girl of Cassidy's 'dreams'.

This movie catches the 'beat' excellently with great visuals and a Class A soundtrack.

Highly recommended.

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