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as Joan Vollmer
as Lucien Carr
as Allen Ginsberg
as William S. Burroughs
as Jack Kerouac
as Dave Kammerer
as Bill Jr.
as UPI Guy
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Critic Reviews for Beat
Ron Livingston is excellent as Ginsberg, the film's de facto narrator, and Kiefer Sutherland is admirably restrained in the role of Burroughs.
Put it out of it's misery, please?
This failed effort would have been better served if it wasn't released.
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Audience Reviews for Beat
An impressive cast. That's about it. Unless you know the story of these figures already or saw another 'beat' related movie, then you will be lost and not care. This is mostly due to total lack of character backstory or development. I wonder how they managed to even get this cast together for this movie.
About a couple living in Mexico. It really didn't have much of a plot. I decided to watch this movie because I had seen Courtney Love in "Trapped" and thought she was amazing. This movie was just boring though. Nice hair, makeup and wardrobe but that's about it. Good for one time viewing.
This is worth a look if you're a fan of the Beatnik era, specifically Burroughs and Ginsberg. I had never heard of this before, and thought it looked completely bizarre, which it was. Kiefer Sutherland as William S. Burroughs? That just seems wrong, but he tries and is serviceable. This is a movie really more about his wife, who I didn't know much about, and her epic roadtrip with Allan Ginsberg and Lucien Carr in Mexico. June Burroughs is played by Courtney Love, who has the most amazing blue eyes and tragic junkie swagger. She's so naturally mesmerizing to watch and I think she works here, as the other two fall in love with her and want to save her from Burroughs' madness. They have some great scenes together. They can't drag her away though. Ron Livingston is surprisingly good as Allan Ginsberg. He's always Peter in Office Space to me, but I guess Peter's a little like Ginsberg after his hypnosis. He doesn't look like Ginsberg but oh well, we're already throwing caution to the wind with Sutherland. Anyway, cable gave me this little gem of a movie today, and it gives me more insight into the poetry of Ginsberg's that I love. Also, it paints Burroughs as being darker and more disturbing than I ever realized. I know - As if that were possible - but it's true!
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