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Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

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John Krokidas

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Austin Bunn (screenplay), Austin Bunn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Allen Ginsberg
Dane DeHaan ... Lucien Carr
Michael C. Hall ... David Kammerer
Jack Huston ... Jack Kerouac
Ben Foster ... William Burroughs
David Cross ... Louis Ginsberg
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Naomi Ginsberg
Elizabeth Olsen ... Edie Parker
John Cullum ... Professor Steeves
Brenda Wehle ... Permissions Librarian
Erin Darke ... Gwendolyn
Craig Chester ... Businessman
Lenore Harris Lenore Harris ... DA Secretary
Mark Ethan Mark Ethan ... Campus Guard
Zach Appelman ... Luke Detweiler
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In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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A true story of obsession and murder


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Rated R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2013 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ubij svoje najdraže See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$53,452, 18 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,029,949, 23 February 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In 2008, while performing the Broadway play Equus, Daniel Radcliffe auditioned and got the part of Allen Ginsberg. Radcliffe went on to film the last two Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), and with him unavailable for filming, Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Whishaw were cast without Radcliffe. Shortly after, financing for the film fell through. When director John Krokidas started again with the film, he offered the role of Allen Ginsberg back to Radcliffe. See more »

Goofs

The Columbia University library tour guide proudly identifies a book as a first folio edition of "Hamlet." There is no such edition. "Hamlet" was published in quarto editions (half the size of folio) during Shakespeare's life. The only folio editions of Shakespeare's work were the posthumous collections of his complete plays. See more »

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Allen Ginsberg: You got me and Jack and Bill making your vision come true because you can't do it yourself.
Lucien Carr: No, Allen. You got what you wanted. You were ordinary, just like any other freshman and I made your life extraordinary. Go be you, now all by yourself. Leave me alone!
Allen Ginsberg: [crying] You don't mean... you don't mean that.
Lucien Carr: Allen. Leave!
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The first part of the end credits run over the top of photographs of the real Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr and William S. Burroughs. See more »

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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 3 December 2013 (2013) See more »

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Dark Doings
Written by Simon Benson (as Simon Richard Benson)
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The beat generation misses a beat
2 November 2013 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

There is a great story to be told about the beat generation. This isn't it.

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is a biographical drama about the early adult years of the beat generation stalwarts Allen Ginsburg (1926-97), Jack Kerouac (1922-69), and William Burroughs (1914-97). For those of you who don't know the details, Ginsburg achieved much acclaim for his literary works, including a National Book Award for "The Fall of America" (1974) and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for "Poems 1986-1992" (1995). He was famous for his support of homosexuality and his opposition to the Vietnam War. Kerouac is most famous for his classic "On The Road" (1951) and his later "Big Sur" (1962). Burroughs was a prolific author ("Junkie", "Naked Lunch") whose themes of death, drugs, and homosexuality can be seen in their beginning phases in this film.)

The whole idea of the beat generation was that if you could dismantle the structure of communication and still have some worth, then anything was up for grabs. If poetry could give up rhyme and still have substance, then sex could give up its hetero prefix and still have love, and society could give up its mores and still find order. To such a message, the dull and plodding structure of standard film school does no homage. Nor do the film makers even seem aware of the message of the beat generation, putting in scenes of jazz, sex, drugs, and English class without seeming to understand their inter-relationships.

There is a great story to be told about the beat generation. This isn't it.


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