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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):
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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:
Disappointing documentary about the sixties and some unconventional people See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Stanley Tucci ... Narrator

Jim Meskimen ... Zonker (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Jane Burton (voice)

Ken Kesey ... Himself

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

Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Weir ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)
Neal Cassady ... Himself
Terry Gross ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)

Ram Dass ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)
Phil Lesh ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself (archive footage)

Ken Babbs ... Himself
Ron McKernan ... Himself (archive footage)
Paula Sundsten ... Herself (archive footage)
Karen Gilliam ... Stark Naked (voice)
Gretchen Fetchen ... Herself
Kathy Casamo ... Herself (archive footage)
Stark Naked ... Himself
Jane Burton ... Herself (archive footage)
George Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Lambrecht ... Himself (archive footage)
John Babbs ... 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
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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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 »
Quotes:
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...See more »
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11 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing documentary about the sixties and some unconventional people, 17 October 2011
Author: JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands

This could have been a movie reminiscent of those often celebrated sixties. However, the people portrayed in this home movie avant la lettre, were far from average. Their ways of living and what we saw thereof was on a safe distance from our own memories of that time.

I can understand the attraction of the 100 hour film footage that was left behind. But condensing it into a feature film length, does not work. For starters, we got a super fast intro of characters, leaving unclear who was who, and what tied them together. Secondly, the purpose of the journey was left equally unclear (maybe there wasn't any). Thirdly, it kept us wondering about the vast number of practical aspects for such a journey, like money, groceries, repairs, petrol, and so on. Of course, all this only proves that I wouldn't have blended in with this company, being much too serious and too organized for such a journey to even think about.

Anyway, it offered a nice excuse to show TV and movie fragments of that time, and pictures of every-days lives and streets. Also, we saw repeated police checks for no reason, demonstrating that their overall appearance (painted bus, haircut, clothes, etc) was "different". A nice side effect was that we saw and heard VSOP music fragments of that time, working well to refresh our memories. Similarly, it showed us how progressive people dressed in the sixties. Could that be all there is to fill 107 minutes of film, and keep our attention span??

All in all, what we saw was kaleidoscopic, to say the least. On one hand, it was interesting for some­one who grew up in that time (like me) but nearly forgot all about it (I did). On the other hand, it did not go beyond the family album level with pictures from the past. Leaves us wondering how more than 100 hours of film footage and sound fragments could have survived the continuous chaos these people used to live in. Again, this question proves that it was not my kind of company. Maybe good for us that they existed, important as they may have been as a catalyst for cultural changes, if only to practically demonstrate how to detach yourself from the daily grind and drop all common conventions.

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