On The Road

Synopsis: Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives.
Director(s): Walter Salles
Production: IFC Films/Sundance Selects
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

The great Dean awaits !

Dean had arrived in New York.

He'd just married a 16- year-old chick named Marylou.

New York, 1947.

Come on, gentlemen.

One more.

Well, now, look who's at my doorstep, old Chad King !

How's it going, cowboy?

I'm Sal.


Strong grip.

Yes, yes, yes !

Sal and Carlo, the writer pals.

I've heard all about you gone cats.

We're going to orient you into the Nietzschean ways of the big bad city.

And smoke your weed, of course.

Well, yes, we got plenty of that !

Marylou, why don't you get on the ball and make us some coffee?

My writer friends are here Come on in.

Hey hey !

Take your shoes off.


No, I'm just kidding.

(singing) Cry to hear folks chatter

And I know you cheat

Right or wrong don't matter

When you're with me, sweet...


You'll never get this one.

(singing)Yipra (and continues)

That's not a song.

Yipra (etc.

Slim Gaillard

Yes, yes, yes !

Slim it is.


Some of us need the occasional doughnut to survive

Ah, "the occasional doughnut".

I just love this gal !

Yipra !

And wake up, Chad King.


It's nice to have someone paying attention.

I mean, it's really nice having someone pay attention !

You know, I never met a girl before who could roll tea.

Oh yeah?


My friend !

(Book title) Swann's Way

The day before my father died, he took hold of my hand and he looked at it.

And he said, "You got no calluses, Sal.

That's because you don't do any real fucking work, boy !

"Oh, yeah?


My old man's still lost.

Just wandering the hobo streets of Denver like...

like shit.

To the old men


To the good, old, dead, demented men we love.

And to the West.

There you go

It wasn't only because I was a writer and needed new experiences that I wanted to know Dean more.

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Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (; born Jean-Louis Kérouac (though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac); March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent.He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from an abdominal hemorrhage caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking. Since his death, Kerouac's literary prestige has grown, and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today, including The Town and the City, On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody, The Sea Is My Brother, and Big Sur. more…

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