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The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Workman

Writer:

Chuck Workman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Jack Kerouac
Dennis Hopper ... William S. Burroughs
John Turturro ... Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Philip Glass ... Himself
Robert Creeley Robert Creeley ... Himself
Ann Charters Ann Charters ... Herself
George Steade George Steade ... Himself
David Amram David Amram ... Himself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Ed Sanders Ed Sanders ... Himself
Gregory Corso Gregory Corso ... Himself
Kyle Roderick Kyle Roderick ... Himself - Corso biographer
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself
Ken Kesey ... Himself (archive footage)
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fonte See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,821, 29 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$360,895, 21 May 2000
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Filmmaker Jason Rosette appears briefly in the scene at the student center during the reading of Kerouac's "On the Road". See more »

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Features One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Captivating to watch
13 May 2017 | by ginmillcowboySee all my reviews

The best (and seemingly only coherent) documentary on the Beat Generation and their affect on the world and modern literature. Its strength lies in the great plundering of archive material that doesn't restrict itself to the usual photos and clips. All three actors deliver amazing performances during the readings (esp. Dennis Hopper as Burroughs).

8/10!


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