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Beat Angel (2004)

Not Rated | | 5 April 2004 (USA)
The angelic spirit of writer Jack Kerouac returns to Earth to change the life of a writer.


Randy Allred

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Credited cast:
Vincent Balestri Vincent Balestri ... Jack
Frank Tabbita Frank Tabbita ... Gerard
Lisa Niemi ... Carol
Amy Humphrey Amy Humphrey ... Mary
Ross Douglas Ross Douglas ... Vic
Jimmy Henry Jimmy Henry ... Emcee
Graham Kerr ... Himself
Jeff Kuehn Jeff Kuehn ... Chester
Lisa Bell Lisa Bell ... Ms. Lydia
Susan Goforth Susan Goforth ... Sweater Girl
Doug Phillips ... 1969 Jack Kerouac
Boris Schleinkofer Boris Schleinkofer ... Shaggy
Russell M. Thorson Russell M. Thorson ... Elder Poet
Richard Diersing Richard Diersing ... Cowboy Poet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurel Burke Laurel Burke ... Nun


The angelic spirit of writer Jack Kerouac returns to Earth to change the life of a writer.

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A film about the spirit of Jack Kerouac


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5 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Beat Angel: The Spirit of Kerouac See more »

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Future cult classic
31 May 2005 | by axe_hallorannSee all my reviews

I recently had an opportunity to see the film. Although I studied literature in college, I read little Jack Kerouac. Fortunately this film does not require being an erudite on beat literature to appreciate. In fact, the film whets my appetite to read more. The style of the Beat Angel captures the look and feel of classic films from the late sixties and early seventies: The editing and photography reminded me of Alice's Restaurant and Easy Rider. Technically speaking, Beat Angel is right on the mark. The locations were intimate and warm, and the on-location mountain trek scenes were quite impressive. The acting is very solid: Frank Tabbita and Vincent Balestri give moving and heartfelt performances. Tabbita's character undergoes a painful transformation from a bitter jerk to a more empathetic person seeking enlightenment under the tutelage of Kerouac. Balestri as the spirit of Kerouac is stunning. There are long, single-take, monologues delivered by Balestri that show his passion for Kerouac and his philosophy of life and literature. I was very impressed with the story, the acting, and the overall production. Refreshing and surprisingly original, Beat Angel is a unique excursion into beat literature and culture. This film could easily become a cult classic and find its way into classrooms as required viewing. I feel confident that anyone with an appreciation of literature and/or independent film will enjoy Beat Angel.

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