• Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place

Release Date: August 5th, 2011

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood present footage culled from a road trip to the 1964 New York World's Fair, which author Ken Kesey and the Merry Band of Pranksters made while on drugs.

Cast: Stanley Tucci

Director: Alex Gibney , Alison Ellwood

Genres: Documentary

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    The filmmakers' fidelity to their source material is admirable, but more historical context could have made this Trip as illuminating as it is magical. show more

  • 55
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    For those already somewhat familiar with the subject, the directors' distillation of these 40 hours of film will expand their knowledge - if not their consciousness. But other viewers may spend the whole movie wondering exactly when the merry magic is going to kick in. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's the lysergic soap opera going on among Kesey, Neal Cassady, and various pals, scribes, spouses, and hangers-on piled onto the rainbow-hued school bus that's at the heart of this rollicking road pic. show more

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