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Magic Trip (2011)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  5 August 2011 (USA)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place

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Rated R for drug content, language and some nudity
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Magic Bus  »

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$14,367 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$153,943 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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Ken Kesey is credited for coining the phrase "Do your own thing," and in this film, the Pranksters are shown to be 'inventing' the process of tie-dyeing. See more »

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Ken Kesey: What it meant, was that everybody had to consider a new way for things to be. Don't you know that we're all one? The deeper I got into it, the more I realized it was a different force working. The only big mistake we made, as a force, was thinking for a while that we were going to win. We developed vested interests in the victory to come. We begin to parcel off into little groups, whether it's feminism or politics. For money, religion, whatever it is; everybody is jumping up and down in front ...
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Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks)
Written by Mickey Hart (as Michael Hart), Bill Kreutzmann (as William Kreutzmann) and Ron McKernan (as Ronald McKernan)
Published by Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc.
Performed by The Grateful Dead
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions / Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD
5 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I read Tom Wolfe's novel and was pretty impressed. I watched this movie and wasn't. In the novel the pranksters have a clear underlying philosophy to their antics and as such mark an important historical beginning of the 60's youth counterculture. In the novel there is a recurring theme railing against the crass materialism of America at the time and a continuation of the artistic beat movement of the 50's. In the movie we're pretty much simply given an advert for LSD. As I understood it drugs and sex were used as a MEANS to a greater understanding and a new philosophy of life. But what we witness in this film is simply irresponsible self gratification and mindless hedonism which I guess is what eventually burnt the 60's out. Maybe Wolfe made it all up and this film represents the reality? If so it was a big disappointment for me. I'm with Kerouac on this one. I'd share a beer with him on that sofa in New York and have a good moan about what a bunch of irritating,vain, stupid,shallow, self indulgent pricks they all were.


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