Burroughs - The Movie
Burroughs - The Movie (1984)

A grainy portrait of author William S. Burroughs, stitched together from interviews, clips and readings of his work.

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: January 14, 1992
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Christopher Machell
CineVue

An oft-moving portrayal of one of literature's most prominent voices, an intimate and humanising account of a legend of twentieth-century American culture.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

[Director Howard] Brookner does very little in the way of presenting the material with either wit or imagination.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Like much of Burroughs' writing, the film has a shaggy dog tale quality, rambling along in a way which does not at first seem nearly as informative as it actually is, then bursting into moments of brilliant radicalism.

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Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine

The doc reminds us that in the early 1980s, William S. Burroughs's rediscovery in America was just underway, and it bears witness to this quiet renaissance.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

"Burroughs" goes deep, giving audiences an honest and real look at a genuine cult figure.

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