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What Happened to Jack Kerouac? 1986

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3.8 out of 5 stars (12) IMDb 7.1/10

Jack Kerouac was the father of the Beat Generation, author of On The Road and pivotal figure of the 1950s countercultural revolution. This portrait shows us what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.

Starring:
Gregory Corso, Jan Kerouac
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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By BAGS VINE VOICE on December 2, 2013
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Here's what I didn't like:

The interviewer kept trying to put words in people's mouths, asking "Don't you think....?" To which the interviewee kept having to say "No, I don't think that." It was like the interviewer wanted to give a monologue on his beliefs, instead of learning from people who knew Kerouac.

Some of the interviews need editing. They just go on and on.

It was hard to follow. First Kerouac dies, then he meets Ginsberg, then Ginsberg is at Kerouac's funeral again, then they show Kerouac's childhood home in Massechusets. It was all over the place.
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For the fans of the Beats, this is a must see, though hard-core fans most like know much of the information. What is added here is some narrative from others (first wife, Jan K.) about Jack's life and struggles within. Overall most interesting was the life long impact of his Catholic upbringing and how he attempts to resolve this in context with his life as a writer and what I will call 'American Adventurer'.
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Jack K is the inexplicable yet absolute pivot of western society from the apathetic fifties to beatnik to hippy while sipping a can of beer and seated bare-assed in a stream somewhere in Big Sur. Jack was the unrequieted love of so many women ... and men including Mr. Cassady.
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Movie was mostly archival footage with a few new interviews, including an interview with Jack's daughter Jan. All-in-all, it did offer up a pretty solid overview of the life of Kerouac. I guess I was just expecting a little more.
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A decent, quirky documentary. Worth viewing to get a flavor of the era and Kerouac's cultural milieu. Best for classroom use or for those with a passion for Beat poetry and culture.
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By JK on June 20, 2014
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I just read "On The Road." The film helped me to understand this unique man. I highly recommend "What Happened to Kerouac."
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