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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 more »

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Neal Cassady
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Harry
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Ben
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Lewis
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Joan
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Jerry
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Lizzy
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Rosie Trickle
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Mary Greenway
Pat McNamara ...
Father Fletcher
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Nurse Waring
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Mrs. Greenway (as Christine Rose)
Meadow Sisto ...
Sarah
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Jeananne
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Vicky
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Cop #1
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Cop #2
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Player #1
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Guard #1
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Guard #2
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Captain (uncredited)
Jeff Enden ...
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Sheila (uncredited)

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Stephen Kay ... (as Stephen T. Kay)

Written by

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Neal Cassady ... (letter)
 
Stephen Kay ... (written by)

Produced by

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Peter Abrams ... executive producer
Edward Bates ... producer
J.P. Guerin ... executive producer
Donald Kushner ... executive producer
Estelle Lasher ... co-executive producer
Robert L. Levy ... executive producer
Peter Locke ... executive producer
Phil Mittleman ... co-producer
Lawrence Mortorff ... executive producer
Elizabeth Robinson ... co-executive producer
Louise Rosner ... producer

Music by

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Tyler Bates

Cinematography by

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Bobby Bukowski

Film Editing by

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Dorian Harris

Editorial Department

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Anthony Santiago ... assistant editor
David C. Whitten ... color timer

Casting By

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Laurel Smith

Production Design by

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Amy B. Ancona

Art Direction by

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Rachel Kamerman

Set Decoration by

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Melissa M. Levander

Costume Design by

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Denise Wingate

Makeup Department

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Suzanne Diaz ... key makeup artist
Laura LaRocca ... hair department head / hair stylist (as Laura De Luisa)
Laura Machieraldo ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Laura Markert ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Lynn Rodgers ... hair stylist
Jennifer Turchi Nigh ... makeup artist (as Jennifer Turchi)

Production Management

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Sherwood Jones ... post-production supervisor
Megan F. Ring ... post-production supervisor
Louise Rosner ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joe Charbanic ... second second assistant director
William Paul Clark ... first assistant director
Mari Raymer ... second second assistant director: Utah
Sholto J. Roeg ... second assistant director
Pilar Savone ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Eden Barr ... assistant set decorator
Daniel Beralas ... scenic artist
Arthur Boardman ... constructor
Grahame Budd ... lead scenic artist (as Billy Budd)
Todd Chidester ... scenic artist: Utah
Daniel Colivito ... swing: Utah
Jeremy Cook ... carpenter
Brian Cooper ... scenic artist
Carol Emmerling ... scenic artist
Darla R. Hitchcock ... on-set dresser (as Darla Hitchcock)
Pascal Humbert ... carpenter
Susan Hutchinson ... scenic artist
Brad Jones ... prop assistant
Melissa R. Jones ... scenic artist (as Melissa Jones)
Suzan Katcher ... scenic artist
Michael Lindsay ... property master
Lou Martinez ... props
Arn McCain ... swing gang: day player
Michael McCarley ... lead man
Raymond A. McNeely ... carpenter
Martha Nelson ... scenic artist
Michael Powels ... carpenter
Michael Relsman ... swing
Rex Reyes ... swing
Lisa Vasquez ... assistant art director
Matthew Voortman ... swing (as Matt Voortman)
Trevor Wilson ... swing
Tim Wincott ... scenic artist

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Anna Bright ... assistant foley editor
Peter S. Carlstedt ... re-recording mixer
Andrew DeCristofaro ... sound supervisor / supervising sound editor
Jeff Enden ... boom operator
Marc Fishman ... re-recording mixer
Alan Kerr ... foley walker
Rick Knowlton ... foley mixer
Sidney Kohn ... assistant sound editor
Leonard Marcel ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Joan Rowe ... foley walker (as Joanie Rowe)
Zeke Salas ... assistant sound recordist (as Ezequiel Salas)
Larry Schalit ... adr editor / dialog editor
Joel E. Smith ... re-recording mixer
Roger V. Stevenson ... sound mixer (as Roger Stevenson)
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Jeff Vaughn ... adr mixer
Brandon Walker ... adr recordist
Mark Weingarten ... sound mixer

Stunts

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Glade Quinn ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Beck ... electrician: Utah
John Busch ... dolly grip / key grip
Jorgen Christenen ... electrician: Utah (as Jorgen Christensen)
James Coffin ... electrician
Russ I. Conklin ... electrician (as Russell L. Conklin)
John Coulter ... grip: Utah
Gary R. Cox ... electrician: Utah (as Gary Cox)
Wally Cox ... electrician: Utah
Tana Dubbe ... best boy grip
Steve Hagstrom ... grip
Terry Hilton ... best boy electric: Utah
Kevin Kennedy ... key grip
Michael J. Latino ... first assistant camera
Sean McKelvey ... gaffer
Charlie McNamara ... gaffer
Terry Mitchell ... lighting technician
Kurt Naugle-Taylor ... grip (as Kurt Nangle-Taylor)
Rick Page ... second assistant camera
David L. Peck ... gaffer: Utah (as David Peck)
Theo Pingarelli ... second assistant camera
Glade Quinn ... dolly grip / grip
Glen Quinn ... grip: Utah
Josh Randall ... grip
Dale Robinette ... still photographer
Jeff Rosenblatt ... grip: Utah
Chip Rothenberger ... grip (as Gary 'Chip' Rothenberger)
Bruce Sharp ... electrician
Alvin Simmons ... dolly grip: Utah
Justin Stroh ... electrician
Larry Sushinski ... assistant chief lighting technician
Chuckie Travers ... grip (as Charles Travers)
Rachel Wells ... electrician
Jeremy Wheeler ... camera loader

Casting Department

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Cassandra Kulukundis ... casting associate
Cate Praggastis ... extras casting: Utah (as Cate Praggatis)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anita Cabada ... set costumer
John Casey ... costume supervisor
Elizabeth 'Lanny' Sikes ... set costumer (as Lanny Sykes)

Location Management

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Marc Conn ... location manager: Utah
Anthony J. Saenz ... location manager (as Anthony Saenz)
Jay Traynor ... location manager

Music Department

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Tyler Bates ... score producer
Bill Black ... music editor
Robert Carranza ... score mixer / score recordist
Jeanne Lin ... music coordinator
Christopher Violette ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Mike Bachman ... picture vehicle coordinator: Utah
Joe Martinez ... transportation captain
Brett Miller ... transportation coordinator: Utah
Eric Miller ... transportation coordinator
Stephen Pate ... transportation captain: Utah

Other crew

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Rhonda Bingham ... paymaster
Carolyn Cassady ... consultant
Lucian Cucchiarella ... production assistant
Jim Duff ... assistant: Mr. Bates
Shilo Farnsworth ... office production assistant: Utah
Kiley Fascia ... production accountant
Harlan Freedman ... development executive
Harlan M. Freedman ... development executive
Joey Geiger ... production assistant
David Hansfield ... assistant accountant
Stacey Hinnen ... post-production accountant
Alicia Hopkins ... post-production accountant
Coti Hudgens ... office production assistant: Utah
Aram 'AJ' Jibilian ... production assistant
Dana Koellner ... production coordinator
Marcus McRiley ... craft service
Arty Morris ... production assistant
Scott Peterson ... script supervisor
Kent Richards ... set production assistant: Utah
Emily Roth ... assistant: Mr. Abrams
Mike Staheli ... craft service: Utah (as Michael Staheli)
Curtis Winter ... assistant: Mr. Kay
Carla Woodmansee ... production coordinator: Utah

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Life is what happens when you're busy making plans See more »
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Also Known As
  • Suicide Club (France)
  • Wie ich zum ersten Mal Selbstmord beging (Germany)
  • La última vez que me suicidé (Spain)
  • Szerelem utolsó vérig (Hungary)
  • Elämän harhapolut (Finland)
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  • 92 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,836, 22 Jun 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia The letter, on which this movie is based, was referred to by its author Neal Cassady, and its recipient Jack Kerouac as "the Joan Anderson letter" (even though the only extant fragment more prominently and dramatically dealt with a different girlfriend of Neal's at the time, nicknamed Cherry Mary). This letter, written in December 1950 about events in Cassady's life from the summer thru Christmas of 1945, was "lost" circa 1954 and 1955. But before that happened, a five thousand word fragment (on which this movie is based) had been copied (retyped) likely by Kerouac himself, and was subsequently published in 1964 in a small San Francisco literary magazine called "Notes From Underground", then again later in Cassady's posthumous autobiography "The First Third" (beginning "To have seen a specter isn't everything ..."). The entire sixteen thousand word letter by Cassady - which Kerouac had praised as a turning point in his approach to writing - was never seen again after 1955 - and consequently became something of a Holy Grail in the Beat world. Miraculously, in 2012, the entire letter was found after nearly sixty years in old boxes that had been stored since being rescued from the Sausalito publisher Golden Goose's garbage when it folded in 1955. It's set for auction on December 17, 2014. See more »
Goofs Dianne Reeves wasn't born until 1956 but her "Jingle Bells" is used in the soundtrack. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Face/Off/Dream with the Fishes/Head Above Water/The Last Time I Committed Suicide/When the Cat's Away (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Better Get It in Your Soul See more »
Quotes Neal Cassady: One startled look and I knew, I was right back where I'd started.
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