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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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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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Trivia

Jack Kerouac's only child, Jan Kerouac, was an extra. See more »

Quotes

Poet: Give the man a drink, son. You're in the presence of greatness. This is Dean Moriarty.
Bartender: The cat in "On The Road."
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Soundtracks

THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE
Lyrics by Gene Lockhart
Music by Ernest Seitz
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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For Fans of Nolte/Sharkey/Beats
1 May 2011 | by writenactSee all my reviews

This was a find with On-Demand. The price was right (free)and I could watch it without leaving the house, so nothing was lost except time. That being said, this is probably a film that fans of Nick Nolte, Ray Sharkey and Beat Generation culture would enjoy. Nolte is in the waning days of his "pretty boy" phase, but he gives a gritty performance. Ray Sharkey's maniacal turn as Ira makes you wonder "what-if" all the more. The Beat Generation backdrop seems a little too clean at times, but it gets a fair shot. However, Sissy Spacek is handed a character that she can't do anything with. This comes from the overly broad brush strokes that the filmmaker uses, which leaves little room for Spacek to work.

All in all, not a bad film; just not one for the ages.


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