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Beat (2000)

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

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The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

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Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll

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

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Beat - pahan syke  »

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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 The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder.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 »

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Joan Vollmer: And what does your young man make of the Mayans?
William S. Burroughs: Well I have yet to inquire about his preference in lost civilizations.
Joan Vollmer: Ah, but he must like ruins.
William S. Burroughs: [chuckles] Yes. He likes me tolerably enough.
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Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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Hug Me, Slug Me
Music and Lyrics by Gary Walkow
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Interesting and well acted story of the Beat writers
4 May 2003 | by (japan) – See all my reviews

Interesting and well acted story of the beat writers. A tear jerker, but true, so worth viewing if you want to understand the biographical elements that inform writer's lives. Also helps if you like Courtney Love--she's great as usual.

Contrary to previous reviews, I believe the script is fun, especially if you like romantic (OK sometimes melodramatic), tragic, cynical one liners. Considering the characters were all writers, the script is reasonably realistic. The characters and the situations are intriguing as well, love triangles of mixed sexual orientations, to those who do not see life in simple terms.

The musical score is poignant and beautiful. I highly recommend this movie (to literature enthusiasts in particular).


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