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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

Writers:

Austin Bunn (screenplay), Austin Bunn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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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Some library scenes were filmed at the New York Academy of Medicine. See more »

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Jack Kerouac, upon his arrest, contacts his father and we hear an American accent on the line. Kerouac's parents were French-speaking Quebecois and it took Jack until his late teens to fully master English, which he spoke with a slight Québec lilt; it is thus unlikely his father and he would have spoken in English, much less in a General American accent. See more »

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[repeated line]
Lucien Carr: Leave!
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Crazy Credits

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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Harlem On Parade
Written by Benny Carter, Redd Evans
Performed by Catherine Russell accompanied by Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra (as Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks)
Published by Sobel Global Music, Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of Music Corp. Of America, Inc.
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Madness and Insanity
20 February 2015 | by j-penkairSee all my reviews

The film would be enjoyed by fans of the Beat Generation's poets and homosexuals who take their birth rights seriously, or both. I am a homosexual and I did enjoy this one tremendously. Not in so many films that homosexuality serves only as an undertone, despite some visualized images of homosexual lovemaking. Absolute love of freedom becomes the overriding theme of this bunch of homosexual artists. I think this film will get all of us closer to a natural treatment of the third sex. Homosexuals would be equaled to heterosexuals when their "issue" ceases to be an issue for the public at large. The film is not trying to tell the whole story of these artists. Just a very thin slice was chosen to be told, and what a slice it was. My country, Thailand, is still stuck with the 18th Century superhuman theory of politics. All moral codes are determined by how much you love and glorify the king. Nothing else really matters. Even a murder is construed by law as being better than libeling the king, his family members, and his men. So I understand how it feels to be so free, and be met with ultra-conservatism at times. Madness can come as a result of being free, but the lack of it would drive you insane. Quite a different of psychological episodes. I encourage you to watch this film and do more research about these characters. You will end up knowing a lot more about yourself.


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