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Big Sur (2013)

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A recounting of Jack Kerouac's three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur owned by his friend, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Director:

Michael Polish

Writers:

Michael Polish (screenplay), Jack Kerouac (novel)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Jack Kerouac
Kate Bosworth ... Billie
Josh Lucas ... Neal Cassady
Radha Mitchell ... Carolyn Cassady
Anthony Edwards ... Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Balthazar Getty ... Michael McClure
Patrick Fischler ... Lew Welch
Stana Katic ... Lenora
Henry Thomas ... Philip Whalen
John Robinson ... Paul Smith
Jasper Polish ... Vulture Girl
Vanessa Ross ... Lady Dining
Richard Conti ... Cabbie
Natasha Goss ... Party Girl
Jeffrey T Ferguson ... Bar Patron
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Storyline

Sudden fame and a self-destructive lifestyle were taking a toll on Jack Kerouac's mind and body following the unparalleled success of the groundbreaking novel, On The Road. Once the handsome literary maverick and hero of the Beat Generation, Kerouac now sees only a vestige of his former self, ravaged by alcohol and drugs, aged beyond his years and tormented by self-doubt. Questioning his talent, his faith, and his mortality, Kerouac leaves New York for California, on a quest for redemption at an isolated, fog-banked cabin in the primitive landscape of the Big Sur woods. What ensues in those fateful 3 weeks of August, 1960, is both terrifying and revelatory. While Kerouac is able to find beauty and elation in his surroundings, the dichotomy of his psyche renders him unable to face his demons alone. He sets off on a visceral collision course of paranoia, sex, delirium tremens, misery and madness. His desperation culminates in an intense, hallucinatory breakdown, but the duality of his ... Written by Anonymous

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Some souls never stop searching.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Jack is travelling in the car talking about alcohol you can see modern vehicles instead of 1950's cars. See more »

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When Jack is traveling in the car talking about alcohol you can see modern vehicles instead of 1950's cars. See more »

Quotes

Jack Kerouac: A man needs truth like a machine needs oil.
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.75 (2013) See more »

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Hot Chilli
Performed by Nat Kendrick & The Swans
Written by J, Brown
Courtesy of Henry Stone Music USA
By Arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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Kerouac on a downer
13 August 2017 | by MarkCrozierSee all my reviews

This film is a total drag. I had no idea Kerouac was such a loser. I honestly don't know what he had to complain about. Here he is, a famous writer, in bed with a gorgeous woman, surrounded by friends and the guy is miserable as hell. I have no sympathy for people like that. Plus he never stops drinking. I guess being a writer the booze is just an occupational hazard but still, I've never seen anyone drink that much! I know he died young as a result of alcoholism and that really doesn't surprise me now. Both he and Cassady had such sad endings. Perhaps there is a moral in there somewhere but I don't know what it is.

If you want to read a truly inspirational writer, who is often called the father of the beats, check out Henry Miller, who is mentioned in the film once or twice, as another writer who would up in Big Sur. Now Miller knew how to live. He never let depression beat him. The man was a force of nature. Forget about Kerouac and Burroughs, these guys had serious issues. Henry Miller is yr man. Reading his material never fails to lift my spirits. As for the film, watch it for the scenery and a semi-nude Kate Bosworth, that's about all it's good for.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,835, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$37,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,466
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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