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Release Date: September 24th, 2010

DVD Release Date: January 4th, 2011

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

Director: Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman

Genres: Biography, Drama, Docudrama

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The result is more fancy than funky, but the directors' aim is true and occasionally hits its mark. show more

  • Epstein and Friedman's doc-like approach also results in a certain dramatic stasis; Howl is a film aimed more for the head than the gut. 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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