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The Last Time I Committed Suicide Details

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While Neal Cassady never gained fame as a writer, he was a pivotal figure among the Beat poets and novelists of the 1950s. A close friend of most of the seminal figures in the Beat movement, Cassady's free-wheeling, larger-than-life personality was a major influence on Jack Kerouac, who used him as the inspiration for the character Dean Moriarity in On the Road, and he was a founding member of Ken Kesey's post-Beat, pre-hippie "Merry Pranksters," driving their now-famous psychedelic bus (whose destination, then as now, was "Furthur"). The Last Time I Committed Suicide is loosely based on several incidents from Cassady's life, as well as an eight-page letter that he wrote to Kerouac about some complicated events in his love life. In the late 1940s, 20-year-old Cassady (Thomas Jane) was living in Denver and working the late shift at a tire factory when he became involved with Joan (Claire Forlani), a sad young woman with a suicidal bent, and befriended Harry (Keanu Reeves), a cheerful but past-his-prime alcoholic. Cassady also found himself the target of the affections of Cherry Mary (Gretchen Mol), a sexy 16-year-old whose mother, Mrs. Greenway (Christine Rose), doesn't much care for him; he also encountered Ben (Adrien Brody), a shy young poet whose interest in Cassady seemed to be more than just literary. Footage of the real Neal Cassady can be found in the documentary on the Beat Movement, The Source. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Crew

Stephen Kay
Director
Louise Rosner
Producer
Edward Bates
Producer
Stephen Kay
Screenwriter
Bobby Bukowski
Cinematographer
Tyler Bates
Composer (Music Score)
Tyler Bates
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dorian Harris
Editor
Amy B. Ancona
Production Designer
Donald Kushner
Executive Producer
Robert L. Levy
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Robinson
Executive Producer
J.P. Guerin
Executive Producer
Peter Locke
Executive Producer
Peter Abrams
Executive Producer
Lawrence Mortorff
Executive Producer
Estelle Lasher
Executive Producer
Denise Wingate
Costume Designer
Leonard Marcel
Sound/Sound Designer
Laurel Smith
Casting
Elizabeth Robinson
Co-Executive Producer
Estelle Lasher
Co-Executive Producer
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