The Source

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Year: 1999

Directed by: Chuck Workman

Written by: Chuck Workman

Johnny Depp playing: Jack Kerouac

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Plot

Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac’s meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac’s death, and Ginsberg’s politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage’s music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats’ meaning and impact.

Steve Allen
Himself


David Amram
Himself


Amiri Baraka
Himself


Paul Bowles
Himself


Lenny Bruce
Himself


Johnny Depp
Jack Kerouac


Bob Dylan
Himself


Bob Hope
Himself


Dennis Hopper
William S. Burroughs


Lyndon Johnson
Himself


Robert F. Kennedy
Himself


Jack Kerouac
Himself


Jan Kerouac
Herself


Ken Kesey
Himself


Martin Luther King
Himself


John Turturro
Allen Ginsberg


Directed by
Chuck Workman


Written by
Chuck Workman


Produced by
Mark Apostolon, Glen Tedham, Chuck Workman, Hiro Yamagata


Procuction Companies
Beat Productions, Calliope Films, WNET Channel 13 New York


Distributors
WinStar Cinema


USA 23 January 1999 (Sundance Film Festival), New Zealand 18 July 1999 (Wellington Film Festival), USA 15 October 1999 (limited), Argentina 15 April 2000 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema), Japan 7 April 2001 (Tokyo)
Opening Weekend

$16,821 (USA) (29 August 1999) (1 Screen)

Gross

$360,895 (USA) (21 May 2000)

$342,580 (USA) (19 March 2000)

$336,183 (USA) (27 February 2000)

$149,837 (USA) (26 September 1999)

$24,771 (USA) (29 August 1999)

Weekend Gross

$1,610 (USA) (21 May 2000) (2 Screens)

$1,892 (USA) (19 March 2000) (3 Screens)

$941 (USA) (12 March 2000) (2 Screens)

$4,237 (USA) (27 February 2000) (4 Sceens)

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