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On the Road (2012)

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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.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Jack Kerouac (based on the novel by), Jose Rivera (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Riley ... Sal Paradise / Jack Kerouac
Garrett Hedlund ... Dean Moriarty / Neal Cassady
Kristen Stewart ... Marylou / LuAnne Henderson
Amy Adams ... Jane / Joan Vollmer
Tom Sturridge ... Carlo Marx / Allen Ginsberg
Alice Braga ... Terry / Bea Franco
Elisabeth Moss ... Galatea Dunkel / Helen Hinkle
Danny Morgan ... Ed Dunkle / Al Hinkle
Kirsten Dunst ... Camille / Carolyn Cassady
Viggo Mortensen ... Old Bull Lee / William S. Burroughs
Ximena Adriana Ximena Adriana ... Oaxacan Girl
Sarah Allen ... Vicki
Clara Altimas ... Newlywed Woman
Leif Anderson ... Chevy Owner
Ricardo Andres Ricardo Andres ... Terry's Father
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Storyline

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. Written by anonymous

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The best teacher is experience.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En el camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridge City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,550, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$744,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,784,318
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, Dean Moriarty is described as a nervous bundle of energy, an incessant talker whose rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness patter makes him an endearing character and forges his bond with Sal. His trademark "Yes, yes" is used as an interjection to punctuate his nonstop monologues. In the film all sense of this is lost as Dean has fairly little to say, and his "Yes, yes," frequently spoken but mostly standing on its own, gives the opposite impression that he's not very good with words. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, Sal Paradise hitches a ride on the old farm truck. The large, round hay and straw bales in the background weren't available until 1972, when Vermeer built and sold the model 605 baler. Even then, the bales were much smaller and looser until the late '70s or early '80s on United States farms. See more »

Quotes

Dean Moriarty: Hey Sal... I love you as ever.
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-edited for North American release following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its French theatrical release because, according to director Walter Salles, that version was "rushed". The new cut is thirteen minutes shorter but contains more scenes and Salles says he has no preference between the two. See more »

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References The Red House (1947) See more »

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Written by Slim Gaillard (uncredited)
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Good Acting, Themes, and Scenery, but Not Much Plot
19 August 2013 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

Reading the consensus among the reviews here and on Amazon, I didn't have my hopes too high before watching this. Nevertheless, ON THE ROAD immediately drew me in with its immediate realism. It kept my attention for two hours, and, no matter how dissatisfying it proved to be in the end, I found it quite beautiful in certain places.

ON THE ROAD follows a linear, too-often patchy storyline (just like Life itself, eh?) The film basically captures what it's like to be young and restless, but it would have been nice if the makers had found more to show us beyond all the scenes of Sal, Dean, and the others getting high and screwing. Sad thing is, this film had so much potential and could have been something truly extraordinary with more character and plot development.

The biggest problematical element is this: As several others have noted, Kerouac aficionados are bound to be disappointed by how little this film actually follows the original novel. On the other hand, those who are unfamiliar with Kerouac and the other "beats" will probably be left wondering who these people are and wth the meaning of all this is supposed to be.

All the same, aspiring writers will probably identify with everything ON THE ROAD shows us about the writing process. This film may at least prove helpful in revitalizing interest in Kerouac's fine novel.


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