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The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)

Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Kay (as Stephen T. Kay)

Writers:

Neal Cassady (letter), Stephen Kay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Jane ... Neal Cassady
Keanu Reeves ... Harry
Adrien Brody ... Ben
John Doe ... Lewis
Claire Forlani ... Joan
Jim Haynie ... Jerry
Marg Helgenberger ... Lizzy
Lucinda Jenney ... Rosie Trickle
Gretchen Mol ... Mary Greenway
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Father Fletcher
Kate Williamson ... Nurse Waring
Cristine Rose ... Mrs. Greenway (as Christine Rose)
Meadow Sisto Meadow Sisto ... Sarah
Amy Smart ... Jeananne
Alexandra Holden ... Vicky
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Storyline

Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfriend, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets scared and runs away. But when Joan reappears will he take the chance at that happiness, or will he turn his back on it? Written by Katie

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Life is what happens when you're busy making plans See more »

Genres:

Biography | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elämän harhapolut See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,836, 22 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,362
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the cover of a September 2005 DVD release, there is an image of Keanu Reeves with facial hair that is not from the film itself. See more »

Goofs

Dianne Reeves wasn't born until 1956 but her "Jingle Bells" is used in the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Neal Cassady: The time is now and now is all we have.
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Soundtracks

Make Believe You Are Glad When You're Sorry
Written by Benny Davis and Jack Shilkret
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Radio Yesteryear
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Offbeat
13 December 2010 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

To appreciate this film the viewer needs either to be in a jazzy, rebellious sort of mood, or have some interest in Neal Cassady, an American who figured heavily in the development of the "beat generation" of the 1950s.

Set in the 1940s during one notable period of Cassady's life, the film is mostly a character study of Cassady (Thomas Jane), and his relationship with other people in his life, including his friend Harry (Keanu Reeves) and various romantic interests, the central one being Joan (Claire Forlani).

But Cassady was a quirky kind of guy, a rebel, a nonconformist, fun loving, with a restless energy, a person constantly on the move, both physically and philosophically. As presented in the film, he is a cross between James Dean and Jim Morrison.

Cassady's offbeat personality is mirrored in the film's offbeat style. It's shot partly in color and partly in B&W. Plot structure seems deliberately chaotic, frenetic, loose. Jump cuts can be jarring for viewers expecting a smoothly flowing, linear plot. And the tone alternates between silly and philosophical. Background music is mostly jazz with some blues thrown in. Accordingly, a lot of viewers will find the film's unorthodox style off-putting.

But I liked it, for the most part. The plot would have been stronger if it had focused on Cassady's 1950s relationship with other historical figures, like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, instead of his romances with random women. Otherwise, the cinematography, the music, and the performance of Thomas Jane are terrific.


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