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Big Sur (2013)



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An adaptation of American literary icon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, BIG SUR focuses on a moment in Kerouac's life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling to battle inner demons, he seeks respite in three brief sojourns to a cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur. Michael Polish's film is at once a poetic meditation and a love-letter to the work of an author who defined the Beat Generation. (c) Ketchup

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Jean-Marc Barr
as Jack Kerouac
Josh Lucas
as Neal Cassady
Radha Mitchell
as Carolyn Cassady
Anthony Edwards
as Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Henry Thomas
as Philip Whalen
Balthazar Getty
as Michael McClure
Jasper Polish
as Vulture Girl
Vanessa Ross
as Lady Dining
Natasha Goss
as Party Girl
Jeffrey Ferguson
as Bar Patron
Shelby Lyon
as Emily Cassady
Talaria Haast
as Beatnik Partygoer
Jesse Soares
as Naked Hot Springs Stranger
Veronica Loud
as Deli Customer
Brenda Marie King
as Mrs. McClure
Seth McCracken
as Timmy Cassady
Bennie Bell
as Orderly Johnson
Briana Eason
as Restaurant Patron
Ryan Teeple
as Elliott
Jason Wong
as Victor Wong
Catherine Poon
as Bus Passenger
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Ultimately, Big Sur demonstrates the limitations of Kerouac's text, how personal it is to each reader and how unsatisfactory it feels on the big screen.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A strangely tepid experience for such searing psychological material.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's a strange heft to its hollowness.

October 31, 2013 | Full Review…

"Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen.

October 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Sometimes feels like a beautiful illustration, rather than an adaptation, of Kerouac's prose.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With Kerouac declaring that "the only thing that matters is the conceptions in my own mind," we're still left waiting for the filmmaker who can take us there.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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