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Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

Summary: James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, Howl is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Runtime: 90 min
Production: Telling Pictures
Genres: Drama, Animation
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jan 4, 2011
Director Credit
Jeffrey Friedman Director
Rob Epstein Director
Writer Credit
Jeffrey Friedman Writer
Rob Epstein Writer
Cast Credit
Aaron Tveit Peter Orlovsky
Alessandro Nivola Luther Nichols
Alex Emanuel Six Gallery
Allen Ginsberg Himself
Andrew Rogers Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Bob Balaban Judge Clayton Horn
Cecilia Foss Beatnik Poet
David Strathairn Ralph McIntosh
James Franco Allen Ginsberg
Jeff Daniels Professor David Kirk
Jon Hamm Jake Ehrlich
Jon Prescott Neal Cassady
Mary-Louise Parker Gail Potter
Sean Patrick Reilly Six Gallery
Todd Rotondi Jack Kerouac
Treat Williams Mark Schorer
Producer Credit
Andrew Peterson Co-Producer
Bob Rosenthal Associate Producer
Brian Benson Co-Producer
Christine K. Walker Producer
Elizabeth Redleaf Producer
Gus Van Sant Executive Producer
Jawal Nga Executive Producer
Jeffrey Friedman Producer
John Hays Animation Producer
Kelly Gilpatrick Associate Producer
Ken Bailey Associate Producer
Lynn Appelle Line Producer
Mark Steele Co-Producer
Miles Levy Executive Producer
Peter Hale Associate Producer
Rob Epstein Producer
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