6.1/10
35,848
132 user 252 critic

On the Road (2012)

Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (screenplay by)
Reviews
Popularity
2,966 ( 105)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ximena Adriana ...
Oaxacan Girl
...
Vicki
...
Newlywed Woman
...
Chevy Owner
Ricardo Andres ...
Terry's Father
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The best teacher is experience.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

| | | | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 May 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

En el camino  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€758,304 (France), 27 May 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,550, 21 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$717,753, 28 April 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kristen Stewart was cast on the strength of her performance in Into the Wild (2007). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes narrator Sal(Jack Kerouac) says that Dean has married sixteen year old Mary Lou. In the second half of the film Mary Lou tiring of the constant travel says she has a fiance in the military and that she wants a baby. If she's married to Dean how does she have a fiance back home. See more »

Quotes

Dean Moriarty: Hey Sal... I love you as ever.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Death Letter Blues
Written and performed by Son House
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
On the road to nowhere
15 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

For the record, I'm a big Kerouac fan. However, I don't think On the Road was his best work. I like his later, more introspective writing, but I know I'm in the minority here. There's a good reason why we had to wait so long for a screen version of On the Road. Impossible as it may be to believe, some novels are not written with potential movie rights in mind. On the Road is a sometimes rambling, stream of consciousness, string of vignettes without a clear goal in mind. It is a novel about hedonistic-death-driving on America's highways in a quest for life and a run from it. For the members of Kerouac's (Sal Paradise's) group, life is controlled self-destruction because death is preferable to boredom. These attitudes spring from the times in which the reality of potential nuclear disaster hung over the nation and the attitudes so induced found expression in youth who turned the directionlessness of life into life for the moment.

Making a film on such a book requires selection. Kerouac's hedonistic rampage across America, as selected by director Walter Salles, looks more mindless and sex-spiced than it did in the novel. Kerouac, as we see in his later works, was a hedonist with a conscience; a deadly combination which likely led to him drinking himself to death. Director Salles sees what he wants to see, a sex-crazed, drug-crazed, two-dimensional man. If this was truly the man represented in the novel, the novel would not have had the enduring quality that has made it literature.

I liked the way the 1950s was captured in the film. It was as close to perfection as you could get. The importance of jazz with its improvisation mirrors the lives of the travelers. The acting is good but the interaction is not. Maybe that was the point. There is no need for interaction in an age when the highest morality was based on selfishness. The movie may be okay to watch once, but I would prefer not to go down this road again.


81 of 100 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 132 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

How to Wield a Lightsaber

Legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske teaches our "IMDb Show" Jedis the basics of lightsaber combat. Plus, we break down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures.

Watch now