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Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place -- Ken Kesey's legendary cross-country road trip finally comes to life in this documentary by Oscar®-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood.
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place -- A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America.
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Writers (WGA):
Alex Gibney (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 August 2011 (USA) See more »
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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place
Plot:
A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America. | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Great footage, interesting story, not long enough See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Stanley Tucci ... Narrator
Veronica Taylor ... Jane Burton (voice)

Jim Meskimen ... Zonker (voice)

Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Weir ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Ken Kesey ... Himself

Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)

Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)

Ram Dass ... Himself (archive footage)
Neal Cassady ... Himself
Phil Lesh ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself (archive footage)
Terry Gross ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)
Ron McKernan ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandy Lehmann-Haupt ... Himself (archive footage)
Paula Sundsten ... Herself (archive footage)
Karen Gilliam ... Stark Naked (voice)
Stark Naked ... Himself

Ken Babbs ... Himself
Gretchen Fetchen ... Herself
George Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathy Casamo ... Herself (archive footage)
Jane Burton ... Herself (archive footage)
John Babbs ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Lambrecht ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Alison Ellwood 
Alex Gibney 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alex Gibney  screenplay &
Alison Ellwood  screenplay &
Alex Gibney  written by

Ken Kesey (words and recordings)

Ken Kesey  based on the works of

Produced by
Robert Belau .... executive producer
Sam Black .... associate producer
Will Clarke .... producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Alexandra Johnes .... producer
Susan Johnson .... associate producer
Susan Johnson .... associate producer
Zane Kesey .... co-producer
David Kowitz .... executive producer
David McKillop .... executive producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Gareth Wiley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Kahne 
 
Film Editing by
Alison Ellwood 
 
Production Management
Samara Levenstein .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer
Greg Smith .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Joey Salim .... designer: acid trip special sequences
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Dominguez .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Brett Banks .... first assistant editor
Joshua Bregman .... assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Lindy Jankura .... co-editor
Ryan McMahon .... conform editor
Benjamin Murray .... supervising conforming editor
 
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Jerry Aronson .... archive material courtesy of
Kacie Barton .... production coordinator: main title and acid trip special sequences
Jeremy Cox .... designer: acid trip special sequences
Theo Daley .... designer: acid trip special sequences
Theo Daley .... title designer
Amira Dughri .... production assistant
Karin Fong .... creative director: designer: acid trip special sequences
Karin Fong .... title designer
Colleen Goodhue .... intern
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Jacqui Lewis .... assistant to director
Nate McCallister .... intern
Cara McKenney .... main title producer
Robert Stein .... counsel: e & o
Alan Semok .... puppetry consultant (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for drug content, language and some nudity
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107 min
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The ventriloquist dummy owned and used by Ken Kesey (and which appears briefly in the film) was restored and refurbished by Alan Semok (aka "The Dummy Doctor") over a period of several months. The puppet, which was in very bad condition, also was missing it's original body and a new one was made in the pattern of the original. Following the restoration, Semok also served as puppeteer for the dummy in a brief segment of the film in which the dummy appears, speaking Kesey's words.See more »
Quotes:
Ken Kesey:On the way back, I was driving across country in a big old nice station wagon with a couple of my buddies, nibbling on cactus. As we were driving along, Kennedy began to be killed.
[news reports stream in]
Ken Kesey:Everywhere you went, you looked in people's eyes and they all felt the same thing. It wasn't just sadness, it was a loss of an innocence; the loss of the idea that; always the good is going to prevail. There's no way to even nearly depict the pain and the feeling of crisis. The thing that all of us sort of feel when it's real dark.
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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Great footage, interesting story, not long enough, 12 July 2011
Author: goodbyeenemyairship from United States

I only had 2 issues with the film as presented - 1) the film moves at a breakneck pace trying to cram what was likely hundreds of hours of film into 90 minutes; I wanted many scenes to last longer - 2) I would've liked a 'where are they now' sort of bookend for more of the pranksters (only Kesey's and Cassady's post-prankster lives are detailed).

I thought the footage was gorgeous - the film must've been well taken care of over the years. It was really fascinating to see America circa 1964 in full color (most footage from that era is black & white).

I want to re-read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test after buying this DVD and refer back and forth. It really does breathe new life into Tom Wolfe's book; although, the film stands on its own.

One of the most fascinating segments of the film was early on when they delved into how Kesey was turned onto LSD. They describe the whole experience and provide audio recordings taken as Kesey was under the influence in a hospital where LSD experiments were being conducted.

I understand many will take issue with the pro-drug message, but whether you like it or not, the subject of the film and the footage itself is a big part of history. There is something to learn and appreciate no matter where you stand.

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