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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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Gary Walkow

Writer:

Gary Walkow
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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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Taglines:

Sex and Drugs before Rock and Roll

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Drama

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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 The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder.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

Allen Ginsberg: I left Bill. Bill was sucking me dry. Bill is a psychic vampire. That's his phrase.
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Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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Amor de Juventud
Music and Lyrics by Ramón Ayala
Performed by Ramón Ayala
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Unromantic and riveting film about a true story
18 March 2003 | by pksky1See all my reviews

The beatniks were an artistic and social counterculture movement before the hippies in the sixties. The characters in this movie were famous poets and writers in this movement who had already had many adventures before we find them in this story. Burroughs is holed up in Mexico with his wife and kids on the lam from the US because he had been a heroine addict. Along with his marriage, Burroughs has a homosexual relationship with a younger man. The marriage is having some problems. Some old friends come down south to visit them and party with them.

Perhaps it helps to have had some familiarity with the lives of these people, their times and their work to appreciate this film. Even so, this is a good place to start.


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