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The Last Time I Committed Suicide Details


While [[Performer~P221563~Neal Cassady~nealcassady]] 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, [[Performer~P221563~Cassady~nealcassady]]'s free-wheeling, larger-than-life personality was a major influence on [[Performer~P37887~Jack Kerouac~jackkerouac]], who used him as the inspiration for the character Dean Moriarity in On the Road, and he was a founding member of [[Performer~P37949~Ken Kesey~kenkesey]]'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 [[Performer~P221563~Cassady~nealcassady]]'s life, as well as an eight-page letter that he wrote to [[Performer~P37887~Kerouac~jackkerouac]] about some complicated events in his love life. In the late 1940s, 20-year-old [[Performer~P221563~Cassady~nealcassady]] ([[Performer~P223237~Thomas Jane~thomasjane]]) was living in Denver and working the late shift at a tire factory when he became involved with Joan ([[Performer~P195968~Claire Forlani~claireforlani]]), a sad young woman with a suicidal bent, and befriended Harry ([[Performer~P59355~Keanu Reeves~keanureeves]]), a cheerful but past-his-prime alcoholic. [[Performer~P221563~Cassady~nealcassady]] also found himself the target of the affections of Cherry Mary ([[Performer~P223418~Gretchen Mol~gretchenmol]]), a sexy 16-year-old whose mother, Mrs. Greenway (Christine Rose), doesn't much care for him; he also encountered Ben ([[Performer~P8639~Adrien Brody~adrienbrody]]), a shy young poet whose interest in [[Performer~P221563~Cassady~nealcassady]] seemed to be more than just literary. Footage of the real [[Performer~P221563~Neal Cassady~nealcassady]] can be found in the documentary on the Beat Movement, [[Feature~V176673~The Source~thesource]]. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Thomas Jane
as Neal
Keanu Reeves
as Harry
Tom Bower
as Captain
Adrien Brody
as Ben
Claire Forlani
as Joan
Gretchen Mol
as Cherry Mary
Marg Helgenberger
as Lizzy
Amy Smart
as Jeananne
Jim Haynie
Lucinda Jenney


Stephen Kay
Louise Rosner
Edward Bates
Stephen Kay
Bobby Bukowski
Tyler Bates
Composer (Music Score)
Tyler Bates
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dorian Harris
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
Elizabeth Robinson
Co-Executive Producer
Estelle Lasher
Co-Executive Producer

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