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Big Sur

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Michael Polish

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About the Movie

Based on the 1962 novel by American literary icon Jack Kerouac, Big Sur recounts the events surrounding Kerouac's three brief sojourns to a cabin in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, owned by Kerouac's friend and fellow Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The story departs from Kerouac's previous fictionalized autobiographical series in that the self - inspired character is shown as a popular, published author; Kerouac's previous works are restricted to depicting Kerouac's days as a bohemian traveler. The movie depicts Kerouac's mental and physical deterioration. Kerouac is unable to cope with a suddenly demanding public, and is battling with advanced alcoholism. He seeks respite first in solitude in the Big Sur cabin, then in a relationship with Billie, the mistress of his longtime friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac initially finds solace in the Big Sur wilderness, but is driven by loneliness to return to the city, and resumes drinking.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 4.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Big Sur" cracks the code of how to adapt Jack Kerouac for the screen. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 31, 2013

Fresh: Offers an elegantly muted take on the midlife ennui of Kerouac's autobiographical 1962 novel. – Guy Lodge, Variety, Jan 29, 2013

Rotten: There's a strange heft to its hollowness. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 31, 2013

Rotten: You don't have to be a Beat cultist to wonder why these brilliant and transgressive volcanoes of authentic cool are so friggin' boring. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Oct 29, 2013

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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