Big Sur (2013)



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An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac's life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks respite in three brief sojourns to a cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur. Michael Polish's film is at once a poetic meditation and a love-letter to the work of an author who defined the Beat Generation. (c) Ketchup

Rating: R (for some sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Kerouac, Michael Polish
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $35.9k
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as Jack Kerouac

as Neal Cassady

as Carolyn Cassady

as Lawrence Ferlinghett...

as Philip Whalen

as Michael McClure

as Lew Welch

as Vulture Girl

as Lady Dining

as Party Girl

as Bar Patron

as Emily Cassady

as Beatnik Partygoer

as Naked Hot Springs St...

as Deli Customer

as Mrs. McClure

as Timmy Cassady

as Orderly Johnson

as Restaurant Patron

as Elliott

as Victor Wong

as Bus Passenger

as Paul Smith

as Paul Smith
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Critic Reviews for Big Sur

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

There's a strange heft to its hollowness.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Nobody's given the opportunity to do much more than brood prettily and occasionally shout carpe diembromides into the pounding surf.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Don't worry if you don't connect. There's nothing to connect to. The characters are never developed, and nothing ever happens.

Full Review… | October 30, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

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