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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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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place
A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America. | Add synopsis »
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Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD See more (6 total) »



Stanley Tucci ... Narrator

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

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

Ken Kesey ... Himself

Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself

Bob Weir ... Himself (archive footage)

Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)
Neal Cassady ... Himself
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)

Ram Dass ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Lesh ... Himself (archive footage)
Terry Gross ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself (archive footage)
Karen Gilliam ... Stark Naked (voice)
Ron McKernan ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathy Casamo ... Herself (archive footage)
Paula Sundsten ... Herself (archive footage)
Stark Naked ... Himself
Jane Burton ... Herself (archive footage)
Gretchen Fetchen ... Herself

Ken Babbs ... Himself
Steve Lambrecht ... Himself (archive footage)
George Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
John Babbs ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Alison Ellwood 
Alex Gibney 
Writing credits
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
107 min
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Merry Prankster Neal Cassady was the real-life model for character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' novel.See more »
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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15 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD, 5 October 2011
Author: jackbenimble from United Kingdom

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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