Burroughs: The Movie (1984)



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A grainy portrait of author William S. Burroughs, stitched together from interviews, clips and readings of his work.


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Burroughs is a documentary portrait of a man who was willing to try everything, and who has so far survived everything. The one thing you miss in the film is the sound of laughter.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is probably a better, more complete film to be made about Burroughs someday, but it will likely contain parts of this film that are irreplaceable.

Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Come for the bawdy anecdotes, stay for the defiantly soundbite-proof rambling.

Nov 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Meticulous and entertaining...

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the most intimate and intriguing portraits of the iconic author... This is no hagiography, with Burroughs captured at his inimitable best and cranky worst.

May 14, 2018

An oft-moving portrayal of one of literature's most prominent voices, an intimate and humanising account of a legend of twentieth-century American culture.

Jul 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5

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