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James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's biopic that blends traditional narrative storytelling with documentary-style footage and vivid animation to paint a compelling portrait of the famed Beat poet. For many historians, the counterculture was conceived the moment Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl" was put on trial. On October 7, 1955, the charismatic young poet stunned audiences at San Francisco's Six Gallery with the first-ever public reading of "Howl." Two years later, Ginsberg was standing before fierce prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) and ultra-conservative judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban) to defend his most famous work against accusations of obscenity. In addition to offering a detailed reenactment of that historical trial, Howl also recounts the early life events that molded Ginsberg into one of the most vital and outspoken voices of his generation, and features an animated visualization of the poem created by former Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker, and a score by Carter Burwell. Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, and Alessandro Nivola co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 2010

Cast

James Franco
as Allen Ginsberg
David Strathairn
as Ralph McIntosh
Jon Hamm
as Jake Ehrlich
Bob Balaban
as Judge Clayton Horn
Jeff Daniels
as Professor David Kirk
Mary-Louise Parker
as Gail Potter
Treat Williams
as Mark Schorer
Alessandro Nivola
as Luther Nichols
Jon Prescott
as Neal Cassady

Crew

Jeffrey Friedman
Director
Robert Epstein
Director
Robert Epstein
Producer
Christine Kunewa Walker
Producer
Elizabeth Redleaf
Producer
Jeffrey Friedman
Producer
Jeffrey Friedman
Screenwriter
Robert Epstein
Screenwriter
Edward Lachman
Cinematographer
Hal Willner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Jake Pushinsky
Editor
Therese DePrez
Production Designer
Brian Benson
Co-producer
Jawal Nga
Executive Producer
Gus Van Sant
Executive Producer
Bernie Telsey
Casting
Lynn Appelle
Line Producer
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