Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats

USA | 1984 | 78 min

Jack Kerouac's writings, including his extraordinary novel "On The Road" took American literature to new levels of creativity and in the process inspired unprecedented social and cultural change. Kerouaac's life is examined through fascinating rare documentary footage and revealing interviews with many of Kerouac's most famous contemporaries such as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Beginning with his Catholic boyhood, through his development as one of the most important modern American authors, to his self destructive demise at the age of 49, Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, is both an accurately detailed documentary and a moving drama.


Jack Kerouac: King of Beats premiered at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival and is released through the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative.

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  • DIR John Antonelli
    SCR John Tytell, Frank Cervarich, John Antonelli
    CAST Peter Coyote, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti