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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 »

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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 »

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keanu Reeves gained 35 pounds for his role. 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: You should have seen all you brought down. Sirens, ambulances, doctors, nurses, butchers, bakers. Some big fear you brought down Miss Joan.
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He May Be Your Man
Written by Helen Humes
Performed by Dianne Reeves
Produced by Bob Belden
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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One of the most moving letters of our time, reflected on film...
16 February 2001 | by sugarcatSee all my reviews

When I first read this letter written by Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac, I was moved beyond words. I had to read it over a few more times to really absorb the feel of it. There are two amazing things about it: 1.) That this man had such an amazing talent for writing & 2.) That this man actually LIVED like that!

I was curious to see what the movie would do to the letter (movies are rarely ever as good as the written form), and what I saw blew me away! While I have noticed that the real Neal Cassady is more "jittery & wirey" (the man never sat still!), the actor Thomas Jane gave a remarkable performance as Neal! I felt that every actor was perfectly fitting to their respective part, and that the story was told with atypical accuracy!

I'm sure that my copy is going to break soon, seeing as I keep playing it over and over again. Being a beat girl at heart, this has become my absolute favorite movie of all time.


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