Running Time: 104 min.
Release Date: November 8, 2013 - Toronto, Montréal - November 8, 2013 - Toronto, Montreal
November 15 - Vancouver, Edmonton
November 22 - Ottawa
DVD: March 18, 2014
Inspiration: Murder of David Kammerer
In 1944, a young and inexperienced Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) enrolls in the prestigious Columbia University to pursue an English major. He meets the unconventional and rebellious Lucien Carr (Dane Dehaan), and is fascinated by him. Allen and Lucien develop a close bond, and they make friends with William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston).
Together, the bold group goes on extravagant adventures, experimenting with drugs and other exploits. Allen discovers that the force behind Lucien’s brilliance is an older man and English teacher, David Kammerer, who helps him with his papers. Allen also notices that David is infatuated with Lucien and makes the assumption that the two were involved together at some point.
It becomes more and more obvious that Lucien is only using David for his own benefit, and in a confrontation, Lucien stabs him to death in what he claims is self-defense. He later confesses to the crime and involves his friends Jack and William in the trial. Allen writes about the crime in a term paper, and he ultimately has to make a choice between conformity and liberation.
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Christine Vachon, Michael Benaroya, Rose Ganguzza, John Krokidas
Screenplay: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas
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