5.6/10
1,398
30 user 17 critic

Beat (2000)

R | | Drama | 29 January 2000 (USA)
The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

Director:

Gary Walkow

Writer:

Gary Walkow
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

After Alice (2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A washed-up detective discovers his own psychic ability when assigned to investigate a serial murder case. The killer has a deranged obsession with the novel "Alice in Wonderland." As the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Marcus
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Henry Czerny, Polly Walker
The Beatnicks (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The Beat Nicks are musician Nick Nero and poet Nick Beat, a pair of self-styled truth-seekers who'd better find a gig or they'll be out on the street. Their luck begins to change when they ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholson Williams
Stars: Norman Reedus, Mark Boone Junior, Élodie Bouchez
Woman Wanted (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A new woman comes between a widower and his adult son.

Director: Kiefer Sutherland
Stars: Holly Hunter, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Moriarty
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A successful 19th century French stockbroker (Sutherland) leaves his profession to become an artist in Paris.

Director: Mario Andreacchio
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Alun Armstrong
Dead Heat (2002)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A heart problem forces the cop Pally to retire, and his wife Charlotte is separating him. Charlotte makes Pally's half-brother Ray visit, and he suggest buying a race horse will cheer him up. He does, but then a mob boss steals the horse.

Director: Mark Malone
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Anthony LaPaglia, Radha Mitchell
Naked Lunch (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A detective falls for the man she's supposed to be investigating; dire complications follow.

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca De Mornay, Dana Delany
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An unsuccessful writer, who leads a dissolute life, has an affair with an ex-lover, who is the wife of a once-celebrated actor, but their relationship pushes them to confusion and obsession.

Director: Gregory Hatanaka
Stars: Norman Reedus, Kathleen Robertson, Missy Crider
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.

Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Stars: Tony Billy, Christopher Birt, Georgina Cates
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A dying man must reunite with his sister to face their family's violent past and find peace in their lives.

Director: Matia Karrell
Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Kiefer Sutherland, Stockard Channing
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of crooks, an ex con, his friend and a gun crazy gangster plan a drug heist, but not everything goes as planned.

Director: Kiefer Sutherland
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Dickens, Vincent Gallo
Kalifornia (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney Love ... Joan Vollmer Burroughs
Kiefer Sutherland ... William S. Burroughs
Lisa Sheridan ... Sadie
Patricia Llaca Patricia Llaca ... Mary (as Patricia De Llaca)
Steve Hedden Steve Hedden ... Pharmacist
Ron Livingston ... Allen Ginsberg
Norman Reedus ... Lucien Carr
Daniel Martínez ... Jack Kerouac
Kyle Secor ... Dave Kammerer
Pedro Gonzalez Pedro Gonzalez ... Knife Sharpener
Georgiana Sîrbu Georgiana Sîrbu ... Julie
Rene Rubio Rene Rubio ... Bill Jr.
Sam Trammell ... Lee
Alec Von Bargen ... Heard
Tommy Perna ... Dwight
Edit

Storyline

The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of sex, drugs and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beat - pahan syke See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The trailer shows scenes not in the final version of the film. These seem to include scenes with Jack Kerouac and others from New York appearing only in brief flashback in the film. As well, a scene of William Burroughs reading a newspaper story to Joan about a fire at a zoo. The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder. See more »

Quotes

Joan Vollmer: So, do they have ruins down in Guatemala?
William S. Burroughs: It's all ruins. Or it all will be, given enough time.
Joan Vollmer: Ah, just like people.
William S. Burroughs: Yes. But people decay more promptly than Mayan temples.
See more »

Connections

Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Amor de Juventud
Music and Lyrics by Ramón Ayala
Performed by Ramón Ayala
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I love you like a hole in the head
9 August 2001 | by xokatyxoSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much (truth be told) but was quite pleasantly surprised. As much as history equates to fiction (and from what I've heard/read this movie must be taken as a work of near-fiction.. "sources" being what they are..) this story still made for a pretty good motion picture. Courtney Love is a very good actress, and not many parts is she better suited to than that of Joan Burroughs. I liked her performance. Keifer Sutherland also made a pretty convincing Bill. The guy that played Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus?) was also impressive.

As "interpretive" as the story was I didn't resent it as much as I thought I might. I imagine William Burroughs, were he still in the land of the living, might have had a few issues with this film but hey, movies always without fail in-one-way-or-another romanticize the truth (truth, truth.. mmmm.. ponder it) and the movie DID do that.. but not as grotesquely as it could've and for that, if nothing else, I liked it. Well-observed (in a secondary, nobody-here-was-actually-there, speculative kind of way) the story still flowed (aided by the, in my opinion, very good performances.) Keifer made William Burroughs seem to have emotions, and strong ones at that, which was interesting.. as you never really picture him like that. (Going by the tone of his spoken-word recordings maybe? the dour face? the slightly contemptible countenance? I don't know.. you just never think of him as the howl-at-the-moon type.. I think Keifer's attempt at humanizing him was quite admirable really.)

The script wasn't bad (could've been MUCH worse.. riddled with beatnik cliches..) there were no real cringe-worthy moments (no-one said anything to the effect of "are you hip to all that jazz" etc etc.. which was a relief.) I liked the movie overall. It's no major statement, and you'd do infinitely better to read some of the great biographies out there if you want an overview of the tale and the beats in general, but the movie is a harmless, and quite enjoyable, footnote.

I liked the quotes at the end (their attempt at a summery i suppose..) especially the gorgeous quote from Lucien Carr. Oh yes and Ron Livingston was also in fine form as poor old lovelorn Allen Ginsberg.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed