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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Johnny Depp ... Jack Kerouac

Dennis Hopper ... William S. Burroughs

John Turturro ... Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Philip Glass ... Himself
Robert Creeley ... Himself
Ann Charters ... Herself
George Steade ... Himself
David Amram ... Himself

William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Ed Sanders ... Himself
Gregory Corso ... Himself
Kyle Roderick ... Himself - Corso biographer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself

Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)
Gary Snyder ... Himself

Jerry Garcia ... Himself
Jack Micheline ... Himself
Michael McClure ... Himself
Stephen Ronin ... Himself - Beat historian
Philip Whalen ... Himself
Terry Southern ... Himself
Timothy Leary ... Himself
Paul Krassner ... Himself
Diane Di Prima ... Herself
Tom Hayden ... Himself
David Dellinger ... Himself
John Sampas ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Himself (archive footage)
Amiri Baraka ... Himself

Paul Bowles ... Himself (archive footage)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Buckley ... Himself (archive footage)
Mortimer Burroughs ... Himself (archive footage)
John Cage ... Himself (archive footage)
Neal Cassady ... Himself (archive footage)
Shirley Clarke ... Herself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard J. Daley ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself (archive footage)
Brion Gysin ... Himself (archive footage)
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage)

Billie Holiday ... Herself (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)
Jan Kerouac ... Herself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)

John Leguizamo ... Himself (archive footage)

Norman Mailer ... Himself (archive footage)

Steve Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Groucho Marx ... Himself (archive footage)
Gilbert Millstein ... Himself
Robert Motherwell ... Himself (archive footage)

Deborah Norville ... Herself (archive footage)
Peter Orlovsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Stuart Perkoff ... Himself (archive footage)
Marlon Riggs ... Himself (archive footage)

Henry Rollins ... Himself (archive footage)
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Directed by
Chuck Workman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chuck Workman 

Produced by
Mark Apostolon .... associate producer
James Cady .... associate producer
Chuck Workman .... producer
Hiro Yamagata .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Amram 
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dintenfass 
Tom Hurwitz 
Don Lenzer 
José Louis Mignone 
Nancy Schreiber 
 
Film Editing by
Chuck Workman 
 
Production Design by
Marc Greville-Masson 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard Jenkins .... sound
Peter Miller .... sound
Eric Zeehandelaar .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandre Naufel .... set lighting
 
Editorial Department
H. Scott Randol .... assistant editor (as Howard Randol)
Chris Regan .... color timer
 
Other crew
Jonathan Dana .... production executive
Andy Goldman .... key artist
Joseph Lee .... production coordinator
Jennifer S. McGonigal .... production coordinator (as Jennifer McGonigal)
Glen Tedham .... production coordinator
Tracy Young .... script supervisor
Carlos Saldivia .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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88 min
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Broadcast in the UK in 2001 as part of the BBC's prestigious "Arena" (1975) series.See more »
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Features Network (1976)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The masters of words, 24 August 2006

They were called the Beatniks.The Source (1999) tells how Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac met at Columbia University in 1944, and started an era of the Beats then.Many others joined the group, like William S. Burroughs.Kerouac died in 1969, Ginsberg and Burroughs in 1997.There are three famous actors playing these three and speak the words of these geniuses.The legendary Dennis Hopper is Burroughs.The brilliant John Turturro is Ginsberg.And Johnny Depp, who's only the hottest actor today, is Kerouac.There are some great people talking about the Beat movement and seen in archive footage, like Steve Allen, Amiri Baraka, Lenny Bruce, Walter Cronkite, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Philip Glass, Billie Holiday, Bob Hope, Robert F. Kennedy, Ken Kesey, Martin Luther King, John Leguizamo, Norman Mailer, Steve Martin, Groucho Marx and Henry Rollins.There's a clip from Happy Days with Tom Bosley, Marion Ross and Ron Howard discussing about the whole Beat thing at the table.The Source is a fascinating documentary.It's also very educational telling you everything you ever wanted to know about the topic.So all of you that have some interest for the Beat, open your eyes and watch The Source.

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