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When Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is accepted at Columbia, he finds stuffy tradition clashing with daringly modern ideas and attitudes – embodied by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Lucien is an object of fascination for shy, unsophisticated Allen, and soon he is drawn into Lucien’s hard-drinking, jazz-clubbing circle of friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), who clearly resents Allen’s position as Lucien’s new sidekick. A true story of friendship, love and murder, Kill Your Darlings recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution.

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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, English, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUTPKA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Robert Chadwick on March 26, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Kill Your Darlings is one of the best films of 2013 and certainly the most interesting film that I've seen regarding the group of individuals collectively referred to as The Beats. It has recently been released on DVD and video (for rent or purchase). The movie covers only a short period of time in their lives which includes the pivotal event which helped to shape their future and provide a significant contribution to their future literary work.

Kill Your Darlings begins with Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe) enrolling at Columbia University and meeting Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan). Lucien Carr then introduces Ginsberg to David Kammerer (played by Michael C Hall), William S Burroughs (played by Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston). During the first part of the film, we see them interact in ways that gives us insight into their thought processes and their unique approach to the world. This is an interesting introduction to The Beats; but it is not the main subject of this film.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! If you are not familiar with the murder of David Kammerer or prefer to see the film before knowing more about it, stop reading now; but please come back once you've seen the film to read more. Comments and discussion are always welcome.

Lucien Carr was nineteen years old when he murdered David Kammerer who was approximately fifteen years his senior. The two formed a close relationship when Lucien was only fourteen while both were living in St Louis. David Kammerer was obviously totally infatuated with Lucien Carr. That is not in dispute. Over the years as Lucien moved from school to school, David also moved to Lucien's new location so that he could be near the younger man.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on March 19, 2014
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So well acted and overall well done. I felt transported into 1940s New York. So thankful I wasn't alive during that time period though.
Daniel Radcliffe was amazing. The murder scene and the accompanying music was absolutely fascinating and oddly weird. John Krokidas definitely created a noir feel.

Since all the real-life principals involved in this based on a true story film are dead, it would be wise to be wary of those claiming to know what really happened--especially antigay authors, journalists, and right-wing Web sites that clearly have an axe to grind. Instead consider reading the novel that inspired this movie and was written by two of the principals involved who were there:
"And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" by Burroughs and Kerouac.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Kill Your Darlings" (2013 release; 104 min.) is not to be confused with the completely unrelated film of the same name from 2006 starring Alexander Skargard. The 2013 film brings the story of how the Beat generation got its not-so-humble start, when in the mid-1940s Allen Ginsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), then a freshman at Columbia University, gets to know and befriend Jack Kerouac (played by Jack Huston) as well as William S. Burroughs (played by Ben Foster). The movie actually felt like two-movies-in-one. The first part of the movie shows us how these three, along with a few more characters, start dreaming up what would eventually be known as the Beat generation. The basic formula of that seemed to have been: cause as much havoc as possible (at one point one of them concludes: "we have a duty to break the law!", as if that makes it okay), go to lots of night clubs in Harlem to check out the latest jazz combo, and smoke lots and lots of cigarettes (and take in a few not-quite-so-legal things as well). The second part of the movie centers around the troubled relationship between Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan) and David Kammerer (played by Michael C. Hall) on the one hand, and Ginsberg's own relationship with Carr on the other hand. To tell you much more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: as between the 2-in-1 films, I was not particularly drawn in with the first part of the movie, as it all felt very forced (I kept thinking: look at them trying hard to act drunk when they really aren't!). But it is the second part of the film that really pulled me in and caught my attention (and then kept it through the end).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not certain that the real life story this film is based on is well known. I was doing some research on the Beat poets/writers when I was in grad school and came across an isolated story about a man named Lucjen Carr killing one David Kammerer. Carr used as his defense the claim that Kammerer had been sexually pursuing him. In the end Carr got a slap on the hand, a lot of sympathy, and a short stint in jail. He went on to become a wire service editor of some reknown and found the time to father the brilliant writer Caleb Carr. The probably most interesting aspect to this story was the homosexual ramifications of the case.
This film is based on the experiences of writer/poet Allen Ginsburg and his meeting Carr while both were students at Columbia University. While it does not center exclusively on the crime itself, it blends the story of the growing friendship of Carr and Ginsberg and the other Beat writers who came together at the time and Kammerer's growing obsession with Carr.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I popped this into my DVR, but it became rapidly apparent why this film didn't appear in a lot of theaters near my home. It was cerebral in a way that is not exactly main stream and would no doubt anger some people despite the fact that the principles all portrayed in the movie are dead.
Despite the film's darkness and moodiness, I really liked it and found it fascinating. The performances were top notch and the characterizations were well defined and thought out.
As for Ginsberg, I met him at a symposium once celebrating the poet William Blake. He was a fascinating older gay man with a ton of charisma and didn't seem dark or suicidal. This movie and its portrayal of Ginsberg stood in stark contrast to my momentary impression. This movie was incredible and well done.
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