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R| 1 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Poet and cultural icon Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) is living in San Francisco in the mid '50s with friends and fellow writers Jack Kerouac (Todd Rotondi) and Neal Cassady (Jon Prescott) when he conceives "Howl," a poem that is credited with popularizing the Beat movement. When bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Andrew Rogers) publishes the poem, he is put on trial for obscenity. The film includes animated portions depicting interpretations of the poem itself.

Cast: James Franco , David Strathairn , Jon Hamm , Bob Balaban , Jeff Daniels , Mary-Louise Parker , Treat Williams , Alessandro Nivola

Directors: Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman

Genres: Drama, Biography, Docudrama

Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

Howl (2010)

Release Date: September 24th, 2010|1 hr. 24 min.

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  • The result is a film of passion and ambition, but one whose success is intermittent at best. show more

  • A movie with no clear narrative. It pushes boundaries and feels like one man's fever dream. But all those traits would certainly make Allen Ginsberg happy. show more

  • What's cinematic experimentation without a few failures in the lab? Maybe that's why Howl is so appealing: The filmmakers don't get everything right but their passion for Ginsberg's genius and their excitement over trying to deconstruction a literary master work is contagious. show more

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