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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Yony Leyser

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About the Movie

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors. Featuring archival footage of Burroughs, as well as interviews with confidants such as John Waters, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop, the film, set to a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth, shows how Burroughs spawned a countercultural movement.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There is not a word or image wasted in a documentary you wish ran an extra half-hour beyond its condensed 90 minutes. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Nov 18, 2010

Fresh: Leyser's collation of interviews and stock footage is polished enough to effectively perpetuate the Burroughs legend. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Nov 16, 2010

Fresh: One fascinating tribute. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 10, 2011

Fresh: Mostly, "A Man Within'' is a breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Feb 3, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Love it.

This film is awesome. So is W.S.B. Watch it. You'll thank me later. The End.