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Overview

William S. Burroughs' ill-fated performance of his "William Tell act" -- resulting in his wife Joan Vollmer getting a bullet in the brain with a shot glass atop her head -- soon became the stuff of Beat legend. This film, directed by Gary Walkow, traces this doomed romance from its inception to its bloody end. The movie opens in 1944 New York, where Columbia journalism student Vollmer is already living a bohemian life filled with pharmaceuticals and a host of future beatniks, including hunky Jack Kerouac (Daniel ...
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Overview

William S. Burroughs' ill-fated performance of his "William Tell act" -- resulting in his wife Joan Vollmer getting a bullet in the brain with a shot glass atop her head -- soon became the stuff of Beat legend. This film, directed by Gary Walkow, traces this doomed romance from its inception to its bloody end. The movie opens in 1944 New York, where Columbia journalism student Vollmer is already living a bohemian life filled with pharmaceuticals and a host of future beatniks, including hunky Jack Kerouac (Daniel Martinez), a young Allen Ginsberg (Ron Livingston), and of course, Burroughs (Kiefer Sutherland). Also frequenting Vollmer's pad is Lucien Carr (Norman Reedus) whom everyone is enamored with, especially Dave Kammerer (Kyle Secor), who winds up dead after trying to jump the object of his affection. Seven years later, Joan and William have married in spite of Burroughs' obvious homosexual predilections. Their domestic bliss is strained when the two have to flee to Mexico City after they get slapped with a drug rap. Ginsberg and Carr, now correspondents for the UPI, visit the couple only to discover that Burroughs split town with his lover-for-hire. Vollmer and the boys decide to go on a road trip that is brimming with heterosexual tension. William eventually returns from his sex-binge suspecting that Joan had a fling with Carr. During that fateful night, Burroughs pulls out a gun that he was going to sell for drug money and performs one of the most spectacularly botched party-tricks in literary history. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 16x9 widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Stereo; Interactive menus; Scene access; English & Spanish subtitles; Trailer; Production commentary; Still photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • UPC: 658149805620
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,034

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Courtney Love Joan Vollmer
Norman Reedus Lucien Carr
Ron Livingston Allen Ginsberg
Kiefer Sutherland William S. Burroughs
Kyle Secor Dave Kammerer
Sam Trammell Lee
Lisa Sheridan Sadie
Technical Credits
Gary Walkow Director, Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Michael Beugg Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Peter B. Ellis Editor
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Heidi Levitt Casting, Co-producer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Producer
Rando Schmook Production Designer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Alain Silver Producer
Ernest Troost Score Composer
Donald Zuckerman Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. New York City [3:17]
2. Mexico City [3:21]
3. What Happened [2:28]
4. Flock of Vultures [4:39]
5. Improper Side [2:01]
6. Use Me, Abuse Me [2:53]
7. Charge of the Soul [2:38]
8. Siesta [1:57]
9. Whole Dave Thing [3:16]
10. Psychic Vampire [3:15]
11. Still Smoking [3:10]
12. Perversely Attractive [4:23]
13. Fundamental Chemistry [4:17]
14. Doomed [2:03]
15. Fixating [3:36]
16. Love Is Not Sex [2:33]
17. Mile After Mile [2:50]
18. Drive Carelessly [2:14]
19. Breach of Contract [4:02]
20. Space Time Location [4:33]
21. Abandoning [3:53]
22. Parlor Tricks [5:17]
23. Become a Writer [1:57]
24. End Credits [5:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Subtitles
      English?
      Spanish?
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Commentary With the Director and Editor
      Photo Gallery
   Play Movie
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good stuff

    Damn good flick!!! Way to go Courtney!

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