Heart Beat (1980)

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Based on a book by Carolyn Cassady, the former wife of Beat icon Neal Cassady, Heart Beat explores the couple's relationship with On the Road author Jack Kerouac, and stars John Heard as Kerouac, Nick Nolte as Neal and Sissy Spacek as Carolyn.

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Cast

Nick Nolte
as Neal Cassady
Sissy Spacek
as Carolyn Cassady
John Heard
as Jack Kerouac
Margaret Fairchild
as Mrs. Kerouac
Susan Niven
as Ogden's Secretary
Marcia Nasatir
as Receptionist
Mickey Kelly
as Receptionist
Luis Contreras
as Mexican Junkie
Sharon Lee
as Blonde in Car
Stephen Davies
as Bob Bendix
Jenny O'Hara
as Betty Bendix
Don Brodie
as Dispatcher
Tom Runyon
as Seaman
Candy Brown
as Claudia
Steve Allen
as Himself
John Larroquette
as Tv talk show host
Ray Vitte
as Undercover Agent
Bill Cross
as Bartender
Terry Winkless
as Youth in Bar
Sunshine Parker
as Gas Station Attendant
Garth Eliassen
as Sleeping Yokel
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Critic Reviews for Heart Beat

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Heart Beat, which is supposedly about Jack Kerouac and his friends in the Beat Generation, is Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice without Alice and without humor.

Apr 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The characters are wonderfully well played by Nick Nolte Sissy Spacek and John Heard -- they have scenes together in which the round-robin of everyday dialogue is almost poetic -- but nobody has given their characters anything to do except to be.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The analysis of the beats comes across as superficial.

Aug 20, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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