Beat (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  29 January 2000 (USA)
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The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Llaca ...
Mary (as Patricia De Llaca)
Steve Hedden ...
Daniel Martínez ...
Pedro Gonzalez ...
Knife Sharpener
Georgiana Sîrbu ...
Rene Rubio ...
Bill Jr.


The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

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Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of sex, drugs and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beat - pahan syke  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trailer shows scenes not in the final version of the film. These seem to include scenes with Jack Kerouac and others from New York appearing only in brief flashback in the film. As well, a scene of William Burroughs reading a newspaper story to Joan about a fire at a zoo. The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder. See more »


William S. Burroughs: Are you leaving me?
Joan Vollmer: Should I?
William S. Burroughs: [long pause] As you like.
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Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »


Pordiosera de Amor
Music and Lyrics by Ramón Ayala
Performed by Ramón Ayala
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Very Slick & Visually Interesting
28 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The bulk of the film takes place in Mexico City with side-trips to more remote areas. The scenery outside the City is lush and lovely. The interactions among the actors reflect these locales. I found the film extremely watchable, and was fascinated with the performances. All the lead roles are clearly developed. I loved Courtney Love. She is as beautiful as a modern day Anna Magnani and never has a bad scene. Seeing Kiefer Sutherland in something so unlike his "24" role is a delight. Ron Livingston's performance is controlled and finely honed. Norman Reedus presents raw energy. The cinematography is excellent with wondrous scenes of light and color. One can almost smell the tropical foliage. This is decidedly Courtney Love's movie, since she plays Burroughs' tragic wife. The interactions of these characters, based on real-life people during that time period, is a mesmerizing glimpse into lives in emotional turmoil.

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