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Steve Allen ... Himself - Host
David Amram ... Himself
Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Ray Bremser ... Himself

William S. Burroughs ... Himself (as William Burroughs)
Carolyn Cassady ... Herself
Neal Cassady ... Himself (archive footage)
Clark Coolidge ... Himself
Gregory Corso ... Himself
Robert Creeley ... Himself
Diane Di Prima ... Herself (as Diane diPrima)
Larry Fagin ... Himself
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself
Herbert Huncke ... Himself
Hettie Jones ... Herself

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

Timothy Leary ... Himself
Thelonious Monk ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Orlovsky ... Himself

Carl Solomon ... Himself
Anne Waldman ... Herself

Directed by
Janet Forman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janet Forman  written by
Regina Weinrich  written by (as Regina Weinreich)

Produced by
Janet Forman .... producer
Original Music by
David Amram 
Cinematography by
Tom Houghton 
Film Editing by
Peter Odabashian 
Makeup Department
Rita Ogden .... hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Sound Department
James Emerson .... sound recordist
John Rafaelski .... sound recordist
Morning Slayter .... sound recordist (as Morning Pastorok)
Robert Vernon .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Armstrong .... grip
Archangelo V. Ciotti .... grip (as Archangelo Ciotti)
Dan Crago .... best boy
Lincoln Harrice .... grip
Kyle Kibbe .... gaffer
William Moore .... gaffer
John L. Oates .... gaffer (as John Oates)
Briggs Palmer .... additional photography
Briggs Palmer .... assistant camera
Mark Petersson .... assistant camera
John Sosenko .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Kathryn Barnier .... additional editor
Lynne Iijima .... assistant editor
Donna Stern .... apprentice editor
Leo Trombetta .... additional editor
Leo Trombetta .... assistant editor
Terry Werner .... assistant editor
Other crew
Nell Archer .... production assistant
Ben Bryant .... production consultant
Carla Danley .... production assistant
Roger Dorris .... production assistant
André Gagnon .... production assistant (as Andre Gagnon)
Eleanor Gaver .... production assistant
Mark Howell .... production assistant
Thomas Marling .... production assistant
Henry Mlott .... production consultant
Aurella Nelson .... production assistant
John Ridley .... production assistant
Peggy Shore .... script supervisor (as Peggie Shore)
Donna Stern .... researcher
Warren Susman .... academic advisor
Alan Trachtenberg .... academic advisor
Ted Wilentz .... academic advisor
David Williams .... production assistant
Wanda Wysong .... production assistant
Dale Zoghlin .... production assistant
Robin Zollinger .... production coordinator
David Amram .... special thanks
Loralee Amram .... special thanks
Sherrel Cresdee .... special thanks
Leonard Easter .... special thanks (as Leonard Easter Esq.)
Dick Feldman .... special thanks
Freyda Feldman .... special thanks (as Fredda Feldman)
Robert Freedman .... special thanks (as Robert L. Freedman Esq.)
Paul Krasner .... special thanks
Michelle Kraus .... special thanks
Barna Ostertag .... special thanks
Charlie Peck .... special thanks
Carole Southall .... special thanks
Tobin Townsend .... special thanks
Celestine Ware .... special thanks
Joan Wilentz .... special thanks

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86 min

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
An excellent introduction to a vital literary movement., 28 February 2001
Author: Cellguy from Midwest

The documentary Beat Generation: An American Dream provides an excellent introduction to an extremely vital and influential 20th century literary movement. Most of the key players are featured either through interviews or archival footage. News reels, propaganda, and pop culture film footage from the 40s and 50s (rife with the superficiality peculiar to that era) provide stark contrast to the free spirited ideals set forth by the key Beat exponents.

Some of the most compelling moments of the film were the segments featuring the writers reading from their works. It doesn't get any better than Jack Kerouac expressively reading from _On The Road_ while Steve Allen effortlessly accompanies him on piano. Just as moving was the excerpt of Allan Ginsberg's furious reading of _Howl_ and his sad and poignant recollection of his beloved mother.

Of course there is no better way to learn about the Beat writers than to actually read their works. But, if it's a film introduction you want, this is the one to watch.

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