The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation
Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naivete and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.
"An authentic work of art . . . the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is." --Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times
"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public. . . . What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style. . . . What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing." --Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the finest novels of recent years. . . a highly euphoric and intensely readable story about a group of wandering young hedonists who cross the country in endless search of kicks." --Leonard Feather, Downbeat
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
Release Date: May 23, 2013(Cannes)
October 12, 2012(United Kingdom)
December 21, 2012(United States)
Release Time: 137 minutes
Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty
Sam Riley as Sal Paradise
Kristen Stewart as Marylou
Alice Braga as Terry
Amy Adams as Jane
Tom Sturridge as Carlo Marx
Elisabeth Moss as Galatea Dunkel
Danny Morgan as Ed Dunkel
Kirsten Dunst as Camille Moriarty
Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee
Steve Buscemi as Tall thin salesman
Terrence Howard as Walter
Giselle Itié as Tonia
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist, poet, and painter most closely associated with the Beat Movement of the 1950s. His most famous works include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur, several of which have been adapted into films. In 1959 Kerouac released his collection of poems Mexico City Blues. Few authors can claim as large an influence on American culture as Jack Kerouac and his examinations of youth and rebellion.