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

(singing)Well, I left New York 1949.

(To)go across the country (wi)thout a dad-blame dime.

Montana in the cold, cold fall.

Found my father in the gambling hall.

Father, Father where have you been?

Been out here in the world since I was 10.

Dear son, he said don't worry about me.

I'm about to die of pleurisy.

Cross the Mississippi, cross the Tennessee Cross the Niagara, home I'll never be.

Home in Ol'Medora, home in Ol' Truckee Apalachicola, home I'll never be.

For better or worse, through thick and thin.

Like being married to the little woman.

God loved me just like I loved him.

Wants you to do just the same for him.

Well, the worms eat away but don't worry, watch thewind.

The worms eat away but don't worry watch the wind.

So I left Montana in an ol'freight train.

The night my father died in the cold, cold rain.

Rode up to Opelousas, rode to Wounded Knee, Rode to Ogallala, home I'll never be.

Rode to Oklahoma, rode to El Cajon Rode to Tehachapi, rode to San Antone.

Home I'll never be Home I'll never be Home I'll never be.


Got room for one more?

Yeah, sure, hop in.

There's room for everybody.


Thanks, brother !

Whooooee !

Here we go !

Hang on, brother, hang on.

Where you guys from?

North Dakota.

We're headed for the harvest.


What about you?


So, you going someplace, or you just going?

I guess I'm just going.

You got any money?

I got enough for a pint of whiskey till we reach Denver.

You reckon if we put them things in the ground, something will grow up?

(laughs)If I get hungry enough, I plan to eat them raw !

(laughs)I'll share them with you !


(singing) Oh I got a pretty little girl.

She's sweet sixteen.

She's the prettiest little thing.

You ever seen.

I got a pretty little girl.

She's sweet sixteen.

She's the prettiest little thing.

You ever seen.

(All join)Oh I got a pretty little girl. She's sweet sixteen. She's the prettiest little thing I ever seen.

Five months earlier.

Leo Paradise loved many things.

Though part of him never left his native Quebec, when.

he moved to this country with his dear wife Gabrielle, heloved it with all his heart.

Now, he joins his departed son Gerard in a better place.

Are you all right?

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.

I'm all right.

I'm good.

I first met Dean not long after my father died.

I'd just gotten over a serious illness that I won't bother to talk about

except that it really had something to do with my father's death,

and my awful feeling that everything was dead.

"Let's go for a drink", says my buddy Sal.

But I show up and guess what no Sal Paradise.

A boring, brooding mute has been inserted in his place.

Oh really, Carlo.

Well, what's there to talk about exactly?

The book I'm not writing?

The inspiration I don't feel?

Even the beer's flat.

I mean, look around, man.

Everything's stultified.

True, but these are temporary worries.

Life is long and wondrous and strange.

Look at me, Sal.

I'm full of inspiration.

My mind is a veritable echo chamber of epiphanies.

Dig it "The air is dark.

The night is sad...

I'll get you another beer !

Bravo, very nice, Carlo !


I've been looking all over town for you hoodlums.

How you doing, man?

Listen, remember that thing?

Jailbird friend of mine from Denver?

The one that stole 500 cars?

The one I've been raving about?

He didn't think we really believed that, did he?

First reports of Dean came to me through Chad King,

who'd shown me and Carlo a few letters from him,

writtenfrom a Colorado reform school.

Come on man, let's go !

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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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