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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 | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

The film is based on a letter written by Cassady to Jack Kerouac in 1950. See more »

Goofs

The epilogue notes that Neal Cassady died in 1968 at the age of 42. In actuality, he died four days before his 42nd birthday. See more »

Quotes

Neal Cassady: One startled look and I knew, I was right back where I'd started.
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Soundtracks

Sugar Blues
Written by Clarence Williams and Lucy Fletcher
Performed by Dianne Reeves
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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Godesses and Poetry
12 May 1999 | by ThomasuSee all my reviews

"The Last Time I Committed Suicide" is an excellent description of live of a beatnick in the 50s. Thomas Jane does a good performance in a quaint leading roll, but he is duly overshadowed by the young rising Godesses of Hollywood; namely Claire Forlani and Gretchen Mol. These two girls have seen their careers boom as of late much due to their looks and screen sensuality. This bunch of new talent has one advantage over Keanu Reeves, who takes on a minor part in this movie. They are not yet typecast. Keanu did well for himself considering. However, what struck me the most was the mood portrayed in the movie. It was calm yet restless, poetic yet true to life. When we add the excellent choice of music we have a movie worthy a life at the top shelf.


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