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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.



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Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. Written by anonymous

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The best teacher is experience.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2012 (France)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$39,550 (USA) (21 December 2012)


$717,753 (USA) (26 April 2013)

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Did You Know?


There have been many previous attempts to get the film made since the 1950s. Author Jack Kerouac sought to have himself play Sal Paradise opposite Marlon Brando as Dean Moriarty. In 1990, Francis Ford Coppola was set to direct with Ethan Hawke as Sal, Winona Ryder as Marylou and Brad Pitt as Dean. Later, Joel Schumacher was attached to direct with Billy Crudup as Sal and Colin Farrell as Dean. Gus Van Sant was later involved as a potential director. See more »


Set in 1949, but the characters ride in a 1950 Hudson. See more »


Dean Moriarty: Hey Sal... I love you as ever.
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References The Red House (1947) See more »


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Booze, dope, girls, jazz, speeding and shoplifting
23 June 2012 | by (Ghent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Here's a confession: I've read the novel by Kerouac twice, but wasn't rally impressed. I could appreciate the sense of freedom and endless opportunities, and the effect this must have had on the generation of the fifties and sixties, but I also found the story tedious after the first few chapters.

So I was curious about the movie: would Walter Salles be able to turn this legendary but rather monotonous novel into a good film? The answer, unfortunately is: no. In short, the films shows a bunch of young people enjoying booze, dope, girls, jazz, speeding and shoplifting. They go from one city to another, but it doesn't really matter: wherever they are, they do the same things. After the first hour, you start to hope for some story development, but there is none. This is especially annoying because the movie goes on for more than two hours. In the end, it's just a repetition of the same themes in different settings.

The film follows the book rather scrupulously, and I think this is a wrong choice. The book needs more adaptation to make it suitable for the big screen. More than anything else, it needs a plot.

Of course, there are also positive things about the movie. It's a nice period film about the forties. The acting is fine, with good performances by Twilight-famed Kristen Stewart and especially Garrett Hedlund, a lesser known actor who could be quite a revelation.

This film will certainly not become as legendary in cinematography as the book has become in literature. But then again, that's almost impossible.

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