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Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011)

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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stanley Tucci ... Narrator
Jim Meskimen ... Zonker (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Jane Burton (voice)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Kerouac ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Kesey ... Himself
Andrea Cirie ... Gretchen Fetchen (voice)
Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Warlocks)
Bob Weir ... Himself (archive footage)
Terry Gross Terry Gross ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)
Ram Dass ... Himself (archive footage)
Neal Cassady Neal Cassady ... Himself
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself (archive footage)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America.

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Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, language and some nudity
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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

5 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Bus See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,367, 7 August 2011

Gross USA:

$154,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,005
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Dolby Digital
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Trivia

Ken Kesey is credited for coining the phrase "Do your own thing," and in this film, the Pranksters are shown to be 'inventing' the process of tie-dyeing. See more »

Quotes

Ken Kesey: On the way back, I was driving across country in a big old nice station wagon with a couple of my buddies, nibbling on cactus. As we were driving along, Kennedy began to be killed.
[news reports stream in]
Ken Kesey: Everywhere you went, you looked in people's eyes and they all felt the same thing. It wasn't just sadness, it was a loss of an innocence; the loss of the idea that; always the good is going to prevail. There's no way to even nearly depict the pain and the feeling of crisis. The thing that all ...
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Sagg Shootin His Arrow
Written by Jimmy Smith
Published by Jimmy's Music
Performed by Jimmy Smith
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Depressing if you don't want to watch a 2 hour advert for LSD
5 October 2011 | by jackbenimbleSee all my reviews

I read Tom Wolfe's novel and was pretty impressed. I watched this movie and wasn't. In the novel the pranksters have a clear underlying philosophy to their antics and as such mark an important historical beginning of the 60's youth counterculture. In the novel there is a recurring theme railing against the crass materialism of America at the time and a continuation of the artistic beat movement of the 50's. In the movie we're pretty much simply given an advert for LSD. As I understood it drugs and sex were used as a MEANS to a greater understanding and a new philosophy of life. But what we witness in this film is simply irresponsible self gratification and mindless hedonism which I guess is what eventually burnt the 60's out. Maybe Wolfe made it all up and this film represents the reality? If so it was a big disappointment for me. I'm with Kerouac on this one. I'd share a beer with him on that sofa in New York and have a good moan about what a bunch of irritating,vain, stupid,shallow, self indulgent pricks they all were.


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