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Howl (2010)

Howl

Overview


Genre

Biography, Drama

Release Date

September 24, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

86 min.

Studio

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Producer

Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine K. Walker

Screenwriter

Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Starring

Story


James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, HOWL is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alesssandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

"Howl" is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world.

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James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in Oscilloscope Laboratories' Howl (2010)
Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Prescott and James Franco in Oscilloscope Laboratories' Howl (2010)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..pushes boundaries and feels like one man's fever dream..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“..overloaded hybrid art-film..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..a reverent, simplistic portrait of an irreverent, forever-questioning man..”
by Lauren Wissot [Slant Magazine]