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Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Alex Gibney (screenplay), Alex Gibney | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Stanley Tucci ... Narrator
Jim Meskimen ... Zonker (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Jane Burton (voice)
Timothy Leary ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Garcia ... Self (archive footage)
Ken Kesey ... Self
Ram Dass ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Kerouac ... Self (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Self
Terry Gross Terry Gross ... Self - Interviewer (voice)
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)
Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)
Bob Weir ... Self (archive footage)
Neal Cassady Neal Cassady ... Self
Bill Kreutzmann ... Self (archive footage)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place

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Documentary

Certificate:

R
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Trivia

The ventriloquist dummy owned and used by Ken Kesey (and which appears briefly in the film) was restored and refurbished by Alan Semok (aka "The Dummy Doctor") over a period of several months. The puppet, which was in very bad condition, also was missing it's original body and a new one was made in the pattern of the original. Following the restoration, Semok also served as puppeteer for the dummy in a brief segment of the film in which the dummy appears, speaking Kesey's words. See more »

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Ken Kesey: What it meant, was that everybody had to consider a new way for things to be. Don't you know that we're all one? The deeper I got into it, the more I realized it was a different force working. The only big mistake we made, as a force, was thinking for a while that we were going to win. We developed vested interests in the victory to come. We begin to parcel off into little groups, whether it's feminism or politics. For money, religion, whatever it is; everybody is jumping up and down in front ...
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Featured in The Roth Show: The New York City Way (2014) See more »

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Mindbender (Confusion's Price)
Written by Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh
Publishe by Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc,
Performed by Grateful Dead
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions / Rhino Entertainmenmt Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great footage, interesting story, not long enough
12 July 2011 | by goodbyeenemyairshipSee all my reviews

I only had 2 issues with the film as presented - 1) the film moves at a breakneck pace trying to cram what was likely hundreds of hours of film into 90 minutes; I wanted many scenes to last longer - 2) I would've liked a 'where are they now' sort of bookend for more of the pranksters (only Kesey's and Cassady's post-prankster lives are detailed).

I thought the footage was gorgeous - the film must've been well taken care of over the years. It was really fascinating to see America circa 1964 in full color (most footage from that era is black & white).

I want to re-read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test after buying this DVD and refer back and forth. It really does breathe new life into Tom Wolfe's book; although, the film stands on its own.

One of the most fascinating segments of the film was early on when they delved into how Kesey was turned onto LSD. They describe the whole experience and provide audio recordings taken as Kesey was under the influence in a hospital where LSD experiments were being conducted.

I understand many will take issue with the pro-drug message, but whether you like it or not, the subject of the film and the footage itself is a big part of history. There is something to learn and appreciate no matter where you stand.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Bus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,367, 7 August 2011

Gross USA:

$154,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,005
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Dolby Digital
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