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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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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 The phrase "and the hippos were boiled in their tanks" which comes from this story was the title of the unpublished novel by Kerouac and Burroughs about the David Kammerer murder.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: You know as Bill says, you better get comfortable with your space time location.
Lucien Carr: This is not my space time lcation! This is fucking nowhere!
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Version of Naked Lunch (1991) See more »

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Hug Me, Slug Me
Music and Lyrics by Gary Walkow
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Very Slick & Visually Interesting
28 February 2007 | by pomspringzSee all my reviews

The bulk of the film takes place in Mexico City with side-trips to more remote areas. The scenery outside the City is lush and lovely. The interactions among the actors reflect these locales. I found the film extremely watchable, and was fascinated with the performances. All the lead roles are clearly developed. I loved Courtney Love. She is as beautiful as a modern day Anna Magnani and never has a bad scene. Seeing Kiefer Sutherland in something so unlike his "24" role is a delight. Ron Livingston's performance is controlled and finely honed. Norman Reedus presents raw energy. The cinematography is excellent with wondrous scenes of light and color. One can almost smell the tropical foliage. This is decidedly Courtney Love's movie, since she plays Burroughs' tragic wife. The interactions of these characters, based on real-life people during that time period, is a mesmerizing glimpse into lives in emotional turmoil.


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