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Beat (2000)

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

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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
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The story of writer William Seward Burroughs and his wife.

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Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beat - pahan syke See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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 The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder.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: Didn't you two bone up on your wilderness lore down there in the jungle?
Lee: The jungle was fucking ghastly
Joan Vollmer: Uh, I don't understand, the jungle was ghastly or the fucking was ghastly... or both?
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Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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Pordiosera de Amor
Music and Lyrics by Ramón Ayala
Performed by Ramón Ayala
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An excellent movie about William Burroughs before he became a famous literary icon
29 April 2000 | by Edwin-21See all my reviews

I saw the premiere of this film tonight at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. Prior to this movie, I knew very little about William Burroughs. The producer, Donald Zuckerman spoke before the showing. He explained that after the film's showing at the Cannes Film Festival, they decided to completely re-edit the movie. As a result, the final film print of this movie was not finished for our festival(or compatible with our theater). As a result, we viewed the movie in the theater on a VHS video projected on the screen with a LCD projector and two speakers (on stands) set up on each side of the screen. The producer took some questions before the movie began and stated that the film was closely based on actual factual events. He stated that they did not use "one" specific source (or screenplay) but accumulated the facts from many verifiable sources. Mr. Zuckerman stated that all the scenes were filmed at the actual locations where they took place. The Mexico apartment footage was filmed at the actual location where William Burrough's and his wife Joan lived. The film makers used the apartment across the street because the actual apartment had been demolished.

I enjoyed the movie immensely. There were some initial distracting sound problems, but you won't have these in a normal showing. After the audio problems were fixed, I was glued to the screen. The movie begins and ends during the period before the group of friends became famous. Keifer Sutherland, Courtney Love, Ron Livingston, and Norman Reedus all did a superb job in their performances. Courtney Love was amazing and captivating in her role of Joan Villmer.

Anyone interested or just curious about William Burroughs or the Beat era should definitely see this movie. I gave it a nine.


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