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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Stanley Tucci ... Narrator
Jim Meskimen ... Zonker (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Jane Burton (voice)
Timothy Leary ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Garcia ... Self (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Self
Bob Weir ... Self (archive footage)
Ken Kesey ... Self
Jack Kerouac ... Self (archive footage)
Ram Dass ... Self (archive footage)
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)
Terry Gross Terry Gross ... Self - Interviewer (voice)
Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)
Neal Cassady Neal Cassady ... Self
Karen Gilliam Karen Gilliam ... Stark Naked (voice)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, language and some nudity
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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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Martin Scorsese's film foundation helped fund the repair of the damaged Kesey footage by technicians from UCLA, who labored for over a year. Synching up the film to its separate snippets of audio track proved so daunting that director Alison Ellwood resorted to hiring a lip reader to determine what words people were mouthing. 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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Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD
5 October 2011 | by jackbenimbleSee all my reviews

I read Tom Wolfe's novel and was pretty impressed. I watched this movie and wasn't. In the novel the pranksters have a clear underlying philosophy to their antics and as such mark an important historical beginning of the 60's youth counterculture. In the novel there is a recurring theme railing against the crass materialism of America at the time and a continuation of the artistic beat movement of the 50's. In the movie we're pretty much simply given an advert for LSD. As I understood it drugs and sex were used as a MEANS to a greater understanding and a new philosophy of life. But what we witness in this film is simply irresponsible self gratification and mindless hedonism which I guess is what eventually burnt the 60's out. Maybe Wolfe made it all up and this film represents the reality? If so it was a big disappointment for me. I'm with Kerouac on this one. I'd share a beer with him on that sofa in New York and have a good moan about what a bunch of irritating,vain, stupid,shallow, self indulgent pricks they all were.


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