Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On the Road

2012 France/American/British/Brazilian/Canadian Feature

Cast: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen
Director: Walter Salles
Writer: Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 43% / Audience: 34%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 56% / Audience: 6.2%
  • Movie Dearest rating: C+

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Jack Kerouac's seminal novel On the Road, first published in 1957, is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations.
  • Characters in On the Road are based on Jack Kerouac himself and his fellow Beat Generation artists Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.
  • A film adaptation of On the Road had been proposed in 1957 when Jack Kerouac wrote a one-page letter to Marlon Brando, suggesting that he play Dean Moriarty while Kerouac would portray Sal Paradise. Brando never responded to the letter. Later, both Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures tried to obtain the film rights to the book, which eventually went to Francis Ford Coppola in 1979. It took Coppola (serving as executive producer) several screenplays and multiple attempts before the film finally went into production in 2010.
  • Possible Directors: Francis Ford Coppola, Joel Schumacher and Gus Van Sant.
  • Casting Call: Billy Crudup, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ethan Hawke, Lindsay Lohan and Brad Pitt.
  • In preparation for the film, director Walter Salles made the documentary Searching for On the Road, in which he took the same road trip as in the novel and talked to Beat poets who knew Kerouac.
  • Final film of actor Michael Sarrazin.

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