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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$53,452 (USA) (18 October 2013)

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$1,029,949 (USA) (21 February 2014)
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In 2008, while performing the Broadway play Equus, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Allen Ginsberg. Radcliffe went on to film the last two Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), and with him unavailable for filming, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Whishaw were cast without Radcliffe. Shortly after, financing for the film fell through. When director John Krokidas started again with the film, he offered the role of Allen Ginsberg back to Radcliffe. See more »

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The Columbia University library tour guide proudly identifies a book as a first folio edition of "Hamlet." There is no such edition. "Hamlet" was published in quarto editions (half the size of folio) during Shakespeare's life. The only folio editions of Shakespeare's work were the posthumous collections of his complete plays. See more »

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Allen Ginsberg: [reading his poem] Be careful, you are not in Wonderland. I've heard the strange madness long growing in your soul, in your isolation but you fortunate in your ignorance. You who have suffered find where love hides, give, share, lose, lest we die unbloomed.
Jack Kerouac: Allen, that was beautiful, kid.
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Harry Potter meets "Six Feet Under" in a look at rejection of society's mores
21 April 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Allen Ginsberg came to the world's attention when his poem "Howl" spurred an obscenity trial. Less known is Ginsberg's life before he wrote the poem. John Krokidas's "Kill Your Darlings" looks as Ginsberg's college years, where he met the other people who formed the Beat Generation. This group of people rejected society's mores and never missed a chance to do something rebellious.

The bulk of the credit should go to Daniel Radcliffe. His role as the poet shows that he is having a very good post-Harry Potter run. Also impressive are "Six Feet Under" co-stars Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall as William Burroughs and David Kammerer, respectively. But most importantly, the movie gives us an early look at the people who later influenced the hippie generation. I recommend it.


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