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Heart Beat (1980)

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

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John Byrum

Writer:

John Byrum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Neal Cassady
Sissy Spacek ... Carolyn Cassady
John Heard ... Jack Kerouac
Ray Sharkey ... Ira
Ann Dusenberry ... Stevie
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Mrs. Kerouac
Tony Bill ... Dick
Mary Margaret Amato ... Waitress
Kent Williams ... Ogden
Susan Niven Susan Niven ... Ogden's Secretary
Marcia Nasatir ... First Receptionist
Mickey Kelly Mickey Kelly ... Second Receptionist
Luis Contreras ... Mexican Junkie
Sharon Lee Sharon Lee ... Blonde in Car
Stephen Davies ... Bob Bendix
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The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carolyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

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They shocked us. They outraged us. They didn't do anything wrong. They just did it first.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Herzschläge See more »

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Stereo

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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When Sissy Spacek was told that she did not have the role in Heart Beat, she broke a glass of wine in her hands. The producer was so impressed by the gesture, that he ultimately gave Spacek the role. He handed her a piece of the shattered wine glass and said, "[that] clinched the deal." See more »


Soundtracks

I LOVE HER TOO
Vocal by Aaron Neville
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Byrum
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Near-brilliant production design and art direction; the rest is middling...
20 June 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fictionalized account of the friendship between writers Nick Cassady and Jack Kerouac, members of the so-called Beat Generation of the late 1950s. Writer-director John Byrum takes a sketchy, connect-the-dots approach to these famous people, and his opaque screenplay, adapted from Carolyn Cassady's memoirs, leaves the actors (Nick Nolte as Cassady, John Heard as Kerouac, Sissy Spacek as Carolyn) often looking as if they haven't been clued-in. There are moments when the cast and the well-realized surroundings warrant far more interest than the story or the dialogue, and that's a weak obstacle in a film about writers. The film is also extremely somber, with only bits and pieces of quirky humor (thanks to a supporting turn by Ray Sharkey) to elevate the depressive air of self-conceit. Visually impressive production, solid work from the men, but Spacek's role is underwritten. ** from ****


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