On the Road

On the Road

DVD - 2013
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Just after his fathers death, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for liberty, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves.
Just after his fathers death, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou. Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked in to a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou.
Publisher: Distributed by Icon Film Distribution, Newton, N.S.W. : c2013
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD ONTH
Characteristics: 1 DVD (137 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm

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rugolin
Jan 27, 2017

This movie is a mess. It feels so slow and boring you begin to feel it will never end. The characters in it are just pretentious,dull and annoying and they grate on your nerves before long. I am not sure if there is even a point to this movie other than writers are big hedonists,narcissists and vampires who steal everyone else's life story for self enrichment. A pretty solid bomb of a movie.

AL_ZOEY Sep 14, 2016

"-To the old men.
-Yeah. To the good, old, dead, demented men we love.
-And to the West."

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carllundin
Aug 10, 2016

Disappointed. Horrible attempt at putting the book on screen (which is an impossible task, in my opinion). Not even a good movie on its own.

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Marf
Apr 29, 2016

It's not great. The scenes are repetitive and the movie itself it's wayyyyy too long. It felt like it lasted 3.5 hours instead of 2 but they could have made it last only 45 minutes and it would have been the same. Don't waste your time.

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garycornell
Dec 29, 2015

Can't agree more with the patron comments already written as of 12/29/15. The movie lacks imagination and is a series of depressing episodes. I did not read the book, but it looks like a classic book was made into a boring movie. I would recommend passing on seeing "On the Road"! The movie certainly is not deserving as a selection to "Sundance Selects"!

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roystreet
Sep 11, 2015

They said it was "unfilmable." Maybe they were right. . . .But you can't understand these people without bearing in mind the stifling conformity of the Post-War years (believe me, I know: I lived through them), or the straitjacket of the preceding 20 years of Depression and War. . . . this should give you the same impression as uncorking a bottle of Champagne. . . .and feeling it go flat. . . I don't think it succeeds, but it's a nice try.

There is nothing enlightening in boring, depressive, self-absorbed hedonism presented by the characters that we are supposed to accept as ventures "in the pursuit of it, the pure essence of experience".
Pure nonsense.

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jds1
Apr 07, 2015

Never read the book, but thought the movie would be interesting. WRONG!

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BadBill
Nov 16, 2014

Despite a great cast of actors and some good cinematography and of course the classic adventure story from Jack Kerouac, this movie fell way short of illustrating the spirit and adventure of the book.
This movie was depressing, slow and out of touch with what Kerouac portrayed in the book.
Where is the youthful wonder of a life yet to be lived?
Where is the excitement of trying new things and experiencing new things and exploring the uncharted territories of youth and imagination captured in Kerouac's prose?
This movie needs to be made all over again.
The Beat generation wasn't a depressive episode in the annals of history, it was the generation that heralded in the 60s. Full of excitement, imagination, potential and life waiting to be explored and discovered. That was the zeitgeist of the era. Not a trip down the road of boring depressing Americana with a few moments of partying that is depicted in this movie.
Do over please...

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Garreth92
Nov 02, 2014

I found this film to seem like it wants to be about spirituality and growth, and express it in a weird way, but I found it came across like it was just trying too hard and without really knowing what enlightenment truly is. But it can be okay to watch if your in the right mood, I guess.

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mrsgail5756 Dec 30, 2013

“We are trapped like rats.”
“Speak for yourself.” -Mo of the Three Stooges

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