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Beat Angel - the Spirit of Kerouac
Beat Angel - the Spirit of Kerouac
Actor: Vincent Balestri; Frank Tabbita; Lisa Niemi; Amy Humphrey
Director: Randy Allred
Genres: Drama
UR     2006     2hr 14min

On the 30th anniversary of his own death, the angelic spirit of Jack Kerouac--legendary author of "On the Road"--returns to Earth in the abandoned body of a street bum and transforms the lives of three people. This award-w...  more »


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Actor: Vincent Balestri; Frank Tabbita; Lisa Niemi; Amy Humphrey
Director: Randy Allred
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Beat Angel Productions, LLC
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 10/24/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 14min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: French

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"Awwwwwwwww" Small film, big story!
L. Newton | East Coast, USA | 12/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww! " (Jack Kerouac)

The only people for me are people who make movies like this! I will admit, it's NOT your typical Hollywood fare but the story is creative, it's extremely visual - each camera shot a painting, and after the first ten minutes, this film finds it's rhythm - beat, beat, beat, burn, burn, burn. I think we are so used to having stories shoved down our throat and being predictable, that a film like this took a bit of attention by this viewer, but the message, particularly to anyone with an artistic bent, is well worth the journey. The actors are all well cast and compelling - Vincent Balestri brings a sweetness to his role as a bum who embodies the spirit of Jack Kerouac on the anniversary of his death. For me, he humanizes my image of the mythic Kerouac. Frank Tabbita is rock solid as the narrator/protagonist and I can't get Amy Humphrey's face out of my head. You don't have to be a Kerouac fan to enjoy this film, but I think it would help. Again, for an indie film, it's very well done and beautifully filmed!"
Arthouse not Hollywood-House
W. Knezevic | Australia | 11/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Absolutely enthralling.
I found the whole production, acting, script, the poetry and the music, and such music, fantastic.If you are like me, thoroughly fed up with the tired boring and childish Hollywood fare that is dished up these days, aimed at a mental age of about 11, here is something different to make you think about art, and about a time when art, poetry and music really mattered. Because it has no carchases, violence or steamy sex scenes, it'sit is well worth seeing and sharing to your thinking friends. the poetry scene alone is worth the price of the DVD. The performance of all the main actors was was awesome, for an arthouse production of this type.
A highlight!
Beat angel review
David Axelrod | 12/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i dont like hollywood movies and this indie film was refreshing. i liked the theme of creative freedom. the poetry scene really brings that out. the guy who plays kerouac is totally engrossing. im not a jazz fan, i like blues. but here jazz is part of the story and it worked well for me. the movie looks pretty low budget but i think they gave it a grimy look on purpose and it suits the mood like the jazz. The ending gave me the exact same feeling as the ending of 'american beauty'- id give it a B+
Bring Back Jack Kerouac
weshawk | 12/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a Kerouac fan you will love this film. Vincent Balestri brings Jack back to life. The rest of the cast is believable in this haunting story of Kerouac returning to help a struggling writer. After all if any author knows struggle, it's Jack Kerouac."