This lush film adaptation of bisexual Beat legend Jack Kerouac’s classic novel has been lauded for its inclusion of same sex desire — including a graphic gay sex scene. The autobiographical adventure of Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise and their highly charged friendship is a must-see film from acclaimed director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries).
Based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley, Control), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, TRON: Legacy), a free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girl, Marylo(Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” – the pure essence of experience. Seeking uncharted terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounters an eclectic mix of men and women who each indelibly impact their journey toward self-discovery.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams (The Master), Alice Braga (Predators), and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), ON THE ROAD is a landmark odyssey from America’s legendary Beat writer brought to vivid life by one of the most talented filmmakers of modern times.
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Winner of the National Board of review for Top Ten Independent films of 2012.
“Salles has lovingly crafted a poetic, sensitive, achingly romantic version of the Kerouac book that captures the evanescence of its characters‘ existence and the purity of their rebellious hunger for the essence of life.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“What‘s best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack” – Kyle Smith, New York Post
“–the restlessness of the prose has its own cinematic allure.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“It took more than half a century, but Jack Kerouac‘s autobiographical cult novel of bohemian youth in postwar America has reached the screen in wonderful form.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune