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On the Road (2012)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  23 May 2012 (France)
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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.


Adventure | Drama

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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)

Opening Weekend:

$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 1995, Francis Ford Coppola was set to direct with Ethan Hawke as Sal 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 »


After Dean leaves Marylou and Sal in California, they spend a night in a hotel. In the morning, you can see a ring on Sal's left hand (probably a ring that belongs to the actor, but has nothing to do with the character or the movie). See more »


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It's Not bad, Considering How Hard an Adaptation it is
12 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hemingway was terrified of being boring. Compared to Hemingway, Kerouac was completely & utterly fearless.

So let's take a page out one of Kerouac's best books, start at the beginning, & let the truth seep out.

I first encountered "On the Road" in the public library when I was in 6th grade. It spawned a fascination, an obsession, an addiction. Between the age of 12 & 18, outside of school, the Beat writers were all that I read. I devoured them. And in the years since my youth Kerouac has morphed from an obsession to a comfort author, I read him to help cushion the blows life brings. "Maggie Cassidy," is still my favorite.

That being said, I walked into this flick with extremely low expectations. I'm more than familiar with the source material & couldn't see how it could translate into anything but a dull film. I expected the film to stagnate. I wasn't really disappointed in this. Anyone that has read "On the Road" has to question the wisdom of attempting to translate that into a decent movie.

Like the novel, there are parts of this film you just have to fight through in the hopes that he'll move off his love for grape picking & into something interesting again.

The plus side is, once you make it past the stagnation, the plot picks up again & you feel the sense of freedom having overcome the monotony of Kerouac. But on the other-hand, I'm fairly certain that's the point.

The bottom line is that if you are familiar with Travelin' Jack you know what to expect before you walk into the film & you walk out with an experience far better than you would have thought it's be. It's an enjoyable film.

However, if you're like most of the world & for some reason do not read, you'll be expecting the legend without understanding the reality & you will hate it, for no other reason than the lack of background necessary to expect Kerouac to be, well, Kerouac.

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