Monday, June 8, 2015

Kill Your Darlings

2013 American Feature

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, John Cullum and Craig Chester
Director: John Krokidas
Writers: Austin Bunn and John Krokidas

In 1944, budding poet Allen Ginsberg falls under the spell of Columbia classmate Lucien Carr, who introduces him to the nascent Beat movement and fellow libertines Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 76% / Audience: 60%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: 6.7%
  • Movie Dearest rating: C+

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


  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for Unsung Film of the Year; also nominated for LGBT-Themed Movie of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

  • Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs' novel And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks was also inspired by the same events depicted in Kill Your Darlings. Written in 1945, it was not published until 2008.
  • Feature film debut of director John Krokidas.
  • Casting Call: Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw.
  • In Kill Your Darlings David Cross plays Allen Ginsberg's father Louis. In the 2007 film I'm Not There, Cross played Allen Ginsberg himself.

Related Movies:
  • Allen Ginsberg is also the subject of the documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg and is a character in Beat, Factory Girl, Howl and On the Road.
  • Characters based on Jack Kerouac are also featured in Beat, Howl, Naked Lunch and On the Road.
  • Characters based on William S. Burroughs are also featured in Beat and On the Road.

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