The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

Director Chuck Workman, who documented the life of pop culture icon Andy Warhol in his 1990 film Superstar, here explores the lives, works and influence of four leading lights of the "Beat Generation" of the 1950s: William S.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 25, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

this documentary may inspire a few other souls to strike out on their own and not be 'intimidated by a bunch of jerks who don't know anything about life.'

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A creative documentary which pays tribute to the crazy wisdom of three Beat Generation artists.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A compact but accomplished work focusing on the holy trinity of the Beats: Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Watching it feels like whiplash, and afterwards it doesn't feel like you've benefited at all from sitting through it.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Yet another mediocre film salvaged by Depp's performance

David Noh
Film Journal International

It is absolutely fascinating to see the real Kerouac here; caught on film, he is every bit as communicative, earthy and irresistibly hunky as one might have dreamt.

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