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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac's death, and Ginsberg's politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage's music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats' meaning and impact. Written by<jhailey@hotmail.com>

Actors: Johnny Depp,Dennis Hopper,John Turturro,Allen Ginsberg,Philip Glass,Robert Creeley,Ann Charters,George Steade,David Amram,William S. Burroughs,Ed Sanders,Gregory Corso,Kyle Roderick,Lawrence Ferlinghetti,Ken Kesey
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Year: 1999
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"Anyways, outside of some sloppy history, the film does at least seem to capture the spirit of who the Beats were"

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