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


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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... See more »

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Jack Kerouac
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William S. Burroughs
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Allen Ginsberg
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Robert Creeley ...
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Ann Charters ...
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George Steade ...
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David Amram ...
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Ed Sanders ...
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Gregory Corso ...
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Kyle Roderick ...
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti ...
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Jack Micheline ...
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Michael McClure ...
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Stephen Ronan ...
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Philip Whalen ...
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Terry Southern ...
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Paul Krassner ...
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Diane Di Prima ...
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Tom Hayden ...
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David Dellinger ...
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John Sampas ...
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Mortimer Burroughs ...
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John Cage ...
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Dizzy Gillespie ...
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Brion Gysin ...
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J. Edgar Hoover ...
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Gilbert Millstein ...
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Robert Motherwell ...
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Peter Orlovsky ...
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Stuart Perkoff ...
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Directed by

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Chuck Workman

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Chuck Workman ... ()

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Mark Apostolon ... associate producer
James Cady ... associate producer
Chuck Workman ... producer
Hiro Yamagata ... executive producer

Music by

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David Amram
Philip Glass

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Andrew Dintenfass
Tom Hurwitz
Don Lenzer
José Louis Mignone
Nancy Schreiber

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Chuck Workman

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H. Scott Randol ... assistant editor (as Howard Randol)
Chris Regan ... color timer

Production Design by

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Marc Greville-Masson

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Stephen A. Glanzrock ... first assistant director

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Richard Jenkins ... sound
Peter Miller ... sound recordist / sound
Eric Zeehandelaar ... sound

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Alexandre Naufel ... set lighting

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Jonathan Dana ... production executive
Andy Goldman ... key artist
Joseph Lee ... production coordinator
Brian Lindamood ... production coordinator
Jennifer S. McGonigal ... production coordinator (as Jennifer McGonigal)
Dermott Petty ... production assistant
Glen Tedham ... production coordinator
Tracy Young ... script supervisor
Carlos Saldivia ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Die Beat Generation - Wie alles anfing (Germany)
  • A Fonte (Brazil)
  • Hippier och andra beatnikar (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Beat-kulturens källa (Sweden)
  • Источник (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $16,821, 29 Aug 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia Filmmaker Jason Rosette appears briefly in the scene at the student center during the reading of Kerouac's "On the Road". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (2000). See more »

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