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As one of three Jack Kerouac motion pictures to be released in the U.S. within a six-month span, this offbeat drama from writer-director Michael Polish (Michael Polish) cinematizes Kerouac's 1962 novel of the same name. While the original tome enlisted pseudonyms for the real-life literary figures, however, the movie version dispenses with aliases. The film finds Kerouac (Jean-Marc Barr) disenchanted with the Beat mythos and hounded from all corners by fans who hunt him down and demand his autograph. In need of solace, he slips into self-imposed exile, via a retreat at his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti's (Anthony Edwards) cabin in seaside Big Sur, CA. Within a few days, however, he grows equally restless there and heads back to San Francisco to fraternize with Ferlinghetti and other buddies, including Neal Cassady (Josh Lucas), a married man who introduces Jack to his mistress, beautiful single mother Billie (Kate Bosworth). Jack and Billie fall for one another instantly, and begin a passionate affair, but over the following days, Jack slips into an inexorable funk, sitting in an armchair for an inordinate amount of time and refusing to move or function. Ultimately, he suggests to Billie that they try to return to Big Sur once more, to recapture the magic of the past; the young woman agrees, though she desperately wants Jack to settle down and start a family with her, and it remains entirely unclear if he's capable of doing so. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:November 1, 2013


Jean-Marc Barr
as Jack Kerouac
Kate Bosworth
as Billie
Josh Lucas
as Neal Cassady
Anthony Edwards
as Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Radha Mitchell
as Carolyn Cassady
Balthazar Getty
as Michael McClure
Patrick Fischler
as Lew Welch
Stana Katic
as Lenora
Henry Thomas
as Philip Whalen
John Robinson
as Paul Smith
Jasper Polish
as Vulture Girl
Natasha Goss
as Party Girl


Michael Polish
Michael Polish
Orian Williams
Adam Kassen
Michael Polish
M. David Mullen
Bryce Dessner
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Douridas
Musical Direction/Supervision
Kubilay Uner
Composer (Music Score)
Geraud Brisson
Robert Frazen
Max Biscoe
Production Designer
Mark G. Mathis
Donal Logue
Executive Producer
Mark Roberts
Executive Producer
Dean Backer
Set Decorator
Bic Owen
Costume Designer
Charity Ozarowski
First Assistant Director
Matthew Nicolay
Sound Mixer
Marcy Guiragossian
Nina Henninger
Dominica Posseren
Kelly Wagner
Mark Ettel
Re-Recording Mixer
Christopher Sheldon
Supervising Sound Editor
Yagmur Kaplan
Re-Recording Mixer
Mark G. Mathis
Line Producer
Jeff Cummings
First Assistant Editor
Aurora Bergere
Department Head Makeup
Clio Tegel
Production Supervisor