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Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Gay Dillingham

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About the Movie

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation. In the early 1960’s, Harvard Psychology Professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Dr. Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority, and spawned a global counter culture movement, landing in prison after Nixon called him, “the most dangerous man in America.” Dr. Alpert journeyed to India becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who still continues his teaching of service through compassion. With footage spanning 80 years the film invites us to ponder questions about life, drugs, consciousness and the biggest mystery in the human landscape: death.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's less a social history than a commercial for alternative healing. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Aug 25, 2016

Fresh: The talk often involves death, which doesn't make it any less involving. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 16, 2016

Fresh: Though sometimes clumsy or nostalgic, the film is an engaging oral history of Leary and Dass's friendship. – Diana Clarke, Village Voice, Aug 10, 2016

Fresh: We can feel the bond that these two men had for each other - and it makes for a genuine love story. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 9, 2015

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Customer Reviews

A deep look at the lives and friendship of two incredible and hugely influential humans.

Two men whose lives were intertwined. Each of them left a profound mark on western culture. Excellent documentary. It is a remarkable story of two men, their friendship, and the untold amount of lives that each of them impacted.

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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