Lists: Biopic

Brief Synopsis: "It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 2010: # 0)

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David Baruffi80
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)

People Involved

  • James Franco (Allen Ginsberg)
  • Jon Hamm (Jake Ehrlich)
  • Mary-Louise Parker (Gail Potter)
  • Treat Williams (Mark Schorer)
  • Jeff Daniels (Professor David Kirk)
  • David Strathairn (Ralph McIntosh)
  • Alessandro Nivola (Luther Nichols)
  • Aaron Tveit (Peter Orlovsky)
  • Bob Balaban (Judge Clayton Horn)
  • Allen Ginsberg (Himself)
  • Sean Patrick Reilly (Six Gallery)
  • Jon Prescott (Neal Cassady)
  • Todd Rotondi (Jack Kerouac)
  • Alex Emanuel (Six Gallery)
  • Cecilia Foss (Beatnik Poet)
  • Rob Epstein (Director)