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Heart Beat (film)

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Heart Beat (film)

For other films named Heartbeat, see Heartbeat (disambiguation).
Heart Beat
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Movie Poster
Directed by John Byrum
Produced by Michael Shamberg
Alan Greisman
David Axelrod
Edward R. Pressman
Written by Screenplay:
John Byrum
Carolyn Cassady
Starring Nick Nolte
Sissy Spacek
John Heard
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography László Kovács
Editing by Eric Jenkins
Studio Orion Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) April 25, 1980 (USA)
Running time 110 minutes
Country  United States
Box office $954,046

Heart Beat is a 1980 film written and directed by John Byrum, based on the autobiography by Carolyn Cassady. The film is about seminal figures in the Beat Generation. The character of Ira, played by Ray Sharkey, is based on Allen Ginsberg.[1] The film stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek and John Heard.


The film explores the love triangle of real-life characters Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, and Carolyn Cassady in the late 1950s and the 1960s. It chronicles Jack Kerouac writing his seminal novel On the Road, and its effect on their lives.


Actor Role
Nick Nolte Neal Cassady
Sissy Spacek Carolyn Cassady
John Heard Jack Kerouac
Ray Sharkey Ira (based on Allen Ginsberg)[1]
Ann Dusenberry Stevie
Margaret Fairchild Mrs. Kerouac
John Larroquette TV Talk Show Host
David Lynch Painter
Tony Bill Dick

Critical reception

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2½ out of 4 stars and praised certain aspects of the film:


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi

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