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Beat (2000)

Courtney Love , Kiefer Sutherland , Gary Walkow  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Lisa Sheridan, Patricia Llaca, Steve Hedden
  • Directors: Gary Walkow
  • Writers: Gary Walkow
  • Producers: Alain Silver, Alejandra Cárdenas, Andrew Pfeffer, Antonio Zavala Kugler, Avi Lerner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAXZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beat" on IMDb

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Courtney Love, Daniel Martinez, Kiefer Sutherland, Kyle Secor, Norman Reedus, Ron Livingston - Director: Gary Walkow

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cinema, essential Beat story June 27, 2004
By Jones.
This film could have been subtitled 'The story of Joan Vollmer', as it is based around her last months before William S Burroughs - her husband - shot her.
Courtney Love does much to glamorise a pretty much unknown beat legend character, and provides a languorous air as she floats between scenes as the estranged Mrs Burroughs.
However, for me, the story veers too much from the truth to order to create a mainstream product. This is a pity when you are dealing with real lives and real literary history.
The disintegrating, complex relationship between the married couple would have sufficed for an interesting enough story for a Beat fan, but may not have provided much 'spice' for the public.
In this version of events, Joan's use of benzedrine (speed) is played down and her rampant addiction and resulting degeneration is never explored, this could be because of the intended general american audience.
I'm not too sure of the whole Lucien affair thing either...
At the closing credits, you're left with a feeling that perhaps Joan Vollmer may have emerged alongide the greats of the beat movement had she not been killed.
In fact, she may not have lasted much longer on her own as alcoholism, the effects of her addiction, drinking and a long-standing illness began to overtake her.(...) pretty much covers it.
One final note for Burroughs fans looking to buy - all the actors do a great job of each character, Keifer Sutherland puts some effort in with the mannerisms and delivery (+ a spot-on wardrobe) in the crucial role.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reedus 5 out of 5 again. January 13, 2007
As usual, Reedus delivers better acting than most in the movie, yet he forgoes due credit lack of a bigger name. Definitely an intriguing movie. Sutherland does a good job as always. Courtney Love is slightly distracting.

I'd reccommend this if you're interested in the subject, or would like to see more of the phenomenal Norman Reedus. I've yet to see him perform poorly in any movie, regardless of the audience or the budget of the film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not the best, but good. February 10, 2004
I have to admit I am huge Courtney Love fan. I have really enjoyed her in 200 cigarettes and The people vs Larry Flint where she proved to everyone that she can indeed act. I have to admit that I am not very familiar with the whole beat generation,but I have read the works of Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Keurorac. I didn't find out about this movie untill recently, andu assumed that Courntey as Mr. Burroughs wife, would be a minial role. To my suprise she is pretty much a central character of the movie. I feel that the movie had some wonderful cinematography, but the acting was a little bit low keyed for all those involved. Still for any enthusiasts of Courtney Love its a must. She played her part well and I am afraid that the subtly in her characters experession through out the film may have either been intentional or chalked up to poor directing. In any case the film is definitely worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burroughs Fans Only November 11, 2002
By "pyite"
This movie was obviously made for William Burroughs/Beatnik fans only! Slow moving with a lot of dialogue, although interesting to see a glimpse into everyday life of Burroughs/Ginsberg and others. A "must see" for fans; A "hard to get through" for non-fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little bit of history October 24, 2013
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Great movie for Beat Generation fans, Norman Reedus fans, Courtney Love fans. I enjoyed it. Assumptions were made on some of the history, but follows true to the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually appealing. February 28, 2007
This film was much better than expected, great performances and a visual treat, wonderful light and color, and you can almost smell the lush, tropical foiliage of Mexico and Guatemala. I loved Courtney Love. She never had a bad scene and was gorgeous throughout, like a young Anna Magnani. It was fine seeing Kiefer in something so different than "24", and Ron Livingston played a very tight and appealing Allen Ginsberg. There is much to enjoy here. It is a fascinating glimpse into the time period and the lives of these turbulent souls. Take a trip to Mexico City and visit with the Burroughs. It'll make all your headaches disappear.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot poetics October 2, 2010
I will openly admit that I don't know a lot about the Beat poets -- romantic or classical poets are more my type.

So I don't know EVERYTHING that is wrong with "Beat," a movie that chronicles the dramatic crumble of William Burroughs' marriage to Joan Vollmer. But I do know what the movie's problems are -- the acting is patchy, the story meanders, and it's hard to care about the dying marriage of two people who don't even share the screen for most of the movie.

Two years ago, William Burroughs (Kiefer Sutherland) and his common-law wife Joan Vollmer (Courtney Love) helped Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus) after Carr killed a hanger-on who had sexually assaulted him. Now Carr is back, and he's apparently in love with Joan but not sure if he wants to also bring along her kids.

So while Burroughs goes on a vacation with a boyfriend, Joan impulsively goes off with Carr and Allen Ginsberg (Ron Livingston), and begins to seriously consider leaving her husband. Of course, it inevitably leads to tragedy... and since they show it in the very first scene, I'll just say that it involves a "William Tell act."

Anyone hoping for a cinematic dash of beat flavor is going to cry after they see this movie -- the beat movement and their work is barely touched on. It's like the producers heard, "Real life accidental death/possible murder by famous figure!" and decided to make a movie about it without knowing much about any of the people involved.

In fact, most of the movie is a slow, rather dreary trip through the Mexican forests, where people talk and occasionally kiss; and we have some brief glimpses of Burroughs trying to cuddle his boyfriend in a dingy bedroom, as well as sepia-toned flashbacks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, striking film!
I stumbled upon Beat searching for something to watch through my Roku. It has the artistic quality of the best indie films. The cinematography is stunning, the story very deep. Read more
Published 14 days ago by scwolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars How Did I Miss This One!
"Beat" is set in an interlude in the lives of beat writer William S. Burroughs (Kiefer Sutherland) and his wife Joan Vollmer (Courtney Love). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jym Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Reedus Love
Considering that I know nothing of the Beat writers. I enjoyed it very much. The playful chemistry between Norman Reedus and Courtney Love was enthralling.
Published 2 months ago by n. higdon
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating people made boring
I was amazed at how boring this movie made some of the most dynamic, interesting characters in American literary history. Performances seemed much too subdued. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Silverfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
Great movie. Entertaining and educational for what it's message is. Very open and telling. Good acting. Glad to have it in my collection.
Published 6 months ago by M. H.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The story could have been told better. Didn't feel they had the right people for the parts. I have read a lot of books on the Beat Generation and this movie didn't depict it well.
Published 9 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired me to learn more about the people being portrayed in the...
I enjoyed this film because of A:the cast, really steller. B:I have read the work of the writers and am now even more intrigued by their lives. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bonita Blackwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs alot of time to get going
A great cast, but a real drag to watch. You need to give this one alot of time to get interesting.
Published 11 months ago by Robert Lange
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best movie
I liked Norman Reedus in this movie, but it wasn't very well written. The actors did well with what they had to work with, so it's worth watching for that.
Published 16 months ago by Amy E. Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
So, before buying this item I didn't know there were different versions of the film; and the one I watched on netflix was different than this one, (the only difference being that... Read more
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