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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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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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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 The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder.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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Lee: If you love your wife so much, why are you here with me?
William S. Burroughs: Love is not sex.
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Amor de Juventud
Music and Lyrics by Ramón Ayala
Performed by Ramón Ayala
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Unromantic and riveting film about a true story
18 March 2003 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

The beatniks were an artistic and social counterculture movement before the hippies in the sixties. The characters in this movie were famous poets and writers in this movement who had already had many adventures before we find them in this story. Burroughs is holed up in Mexico with his wife and kids on the lam from the US because he had been a heroine addict. Along with his marriage, Burroughs has a homosexual relationship with a younger man. The marriage is having some problems. Some old friends come down south to visit them and party with them.

Perhaps it helps to have had some familiarity with the lives of these people, their times and their work to appreciate this film. Even so, this is a good place to start.


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