Qty:1
Jack Kerouac - King of th... has been added to your Cart

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$19.99
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: MightySilver
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Jack Kerouac - King of the Beats
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Jack Kerouac - King of the Beats


List Price: $19.99
Price: $11.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $8.04 (40%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
20 new from $9.58 6 used from $7.71
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$11.95
$9.58 $7.71


Frequently Bought Together

Jack Kerouac - King of the Beats + What Happened To Kerouac? (Deluxe Edition) + The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Price for all three: $47.28

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg
  • Directors: Kultur
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006P0FIAG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

'It's like being in a car with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady as the pair barreled back and forth across the country.' -The Denver Post.

'This handsome, well-made documentary drama on the short-lived but prolific writer of the Beat Generation stands as one of the best films of its kind.' -San Francisco Chronicle.

This is the award-winning biography of the King of the Beat Generation. Jack Kerouac's writings, including his extraordinary novel On the Road, took American literature to new levels of creativity and in the process, inspired unprecedented social and cultural change. Kerouac's life is examined through fascinating rare documentary footage and revealing interviews with some of Kerouac's most famous contemporaries and friends such as Allan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and William Burroughs.

Beginning with his Catholic boyhood, through his development as one of the most important modern American authors, to his self-destructive demise at the age of 49, Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats is both an accurately detailed documentary and a moving drama.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thedharmabum on June 2, 2013
In 2003, I finally had the opportunity to take a month long vacation up the East Coast.
Hailing from the Northeast region of Pennsylvania, I had covered most of the classic literary haunts of NYC but had never ventured any further.
It was the perfect time to take a road trip up the East Coast as Autumn began;
a bountiful array of leaving swirling and curling through the wind, the smell of Apples strewn across the ground as the orchards begin to sleep and of course, the smell of woodsmoke.
Arriving in Lowell, Massachusetts a few hours later, it wasn't hard to find that the city not only embraced their traveling son, but they also had a Jack Kerouac museum located in the textile mill section of town.
It is here that I found this little gem of a video and now, many years later, I still have the same copy and tend to watch it at least once a month.
The narrator has a soft calm voice and the actor playing Kerouac seems to bear a slight resemblance to Jack.
Best feature of all is the RARE footage of Kerouac's interview on the Steve Allen show where Jack reads "On the road" as Steven plays the piano in beat...
It comes together smooth and flows as it should.
As a Jack Kerouac fan and Beat Generation fan, I highly recommend this video...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francesca M. Miano on August 22, 2013
Please note that this documentary is the one formerly released on VHS in 1985 under the name, "Kerouac". However, it is now available in DVD format under this newer title. At any rate, it's one I've enjoyed watching quite often through the decades. "Jack Kerouac - King of the Beats" includes interviews with folks ranging from his fellow writers to a priest who knew him in Lowell. There are also readings from Kerouac's works, dramatizations of events from his life, and much of his appearance on "The Steve Allen Show". Furthermore, the mainly jazz soundtrack really enhances the mood as we go along on Kerouac's life journey. Highly recommended for those who are fans of this great writer and the world of the Beats.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2013
When Jack Kerouac (1922 -- 1969) died at the age of 47, most of his books were out of print, and it appeared he might soon be forgotten. Kerouac, however, has enjoyed a renaissance with the reissuing of his books, two Library of America volumes, new films of "On the Road" and "Big Sur" and many studies and memoirs of the man and his work. Kerouac has also been the subject of two documentaries: "What Happened to Jack Kerouac?" and the film I am reviewing here "Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats". Directed by John Antonelli, this 2012 DVD is a reissue of a 1985 film titled simply "Kerouac: the Movie".

The film is presented as a biography of Kerouac and combines several different styles. The book follows Kerouac from his childhood through his moment of fame as the author of "On the Road" and his subsequent deterioration and death from alcoholism. The actor Jack Coulter plays Kerouac effectively. Besides the acted version of Kerouac's life, narrator Peter Coyote tells the story and provides voiceover readings from many of Kerouac's books, including, in roughly the order of presentation, "On the Road", "Maggie Cassidy", "Visions of Gerard", "Dr. Sax", "Vanity of Duloz", "The Town and the City", "Visions of Cody", "Desolation Angels", "The Dharma Bums" and "Big Sur". The brief voiceovers provide a good opportunity to hear Kerouac's literary voice and to be reminded of the breadth of his writing. A fine Kerouac-inflected jazz score accompanies the readings.

The documentary includes many photgraphs of Kerouac himself together with footage of his appearances on "The Steve Allen" show and on William F. Buckley's "Firing Line".
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Volunteer of America VINE VOICE on May 13, 2012
I enjoyed this fast-paced, insightful story of a man whose independent spirit and voracious appetite for life, adventure and new learning set the standard for the open-minded, new-frontiers attitudes that came shortly after him. Hip before hippies, Kerouac's interest in society, drugs, spiritual and physical experiences packed a lot into his brief years. This documentary does a great job of evoking the man and his times. Interesting contributions by other ground-breaking, fearless figures: Burroughs, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti. We need more like them.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in