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Magic Trip -- 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 -- 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 »
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)

Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Weir ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Neal Cassady ... Himself (archive footage)

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

Ram Dass ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)
Terry Gross ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)
Phil Lesh ... Himself (archive footage)
Karen Gilliam ... Stark Naked (voice)
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself (archive footage)

Ken Babbs ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron McKernan ... Himself (archive footage)
Paula Sundsten ... Herself (archive footage)
Kathy Casamo ... Herself (archive footage)
George Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
Jane Burton ... Herself (archive footage)
Steve Lambrecht ... Himself (archive footage)
John Babbs ... Himself (archive footage)

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

Ken Kesey (words and recordings)

Produced by
Robert Belau .... executive producer
Sam Black .... associate producer
Will Clarke .... producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Alexandra Johnes .... producer
Susan Johnson .... associate 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
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
Karin Fong .... creative director: designer: acid trip special sequences
Karin Fong .... title designer
Colleen Goodhue .... intern
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
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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Martin Scorsese's film foundation helped fund the repair of the damaged Kesey footage by technicians from UCLA, who labored for over a year. Synching up the film to its separate snippets of audio track proved so daunting that director Alison Ellwood resorted to hiring a lip reader to determine what words people were mouthing.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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