On the Road is a 2012 Brazilian-French adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles. It is an adaptation of the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film stars an ensemble castfeaturing Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. The executive producer wasFrancis Ford Coppola. Filming began on August 4, 2010, in Montreal, Quebec, with a $25 million budget.
The story is based on the years Kerouac spent travelling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, includingWilliam S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.
On May 23, 2012, the film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film received mixed early reviews after it premiered at the film festival. The film also premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
- Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty (based on Neal Cassady)
- Sam Riley as Sal Paradise (based on Jack Kerouac)
- Kristen Stewart as Marylou (based on LuAnne Henderson)
- Amy Adams as Jane (based on Joan Vollmer)
- Tom Sturridge as Carlo Marx (based on Allen Ginsberg)
- Danny Morgan as Ed Dunkel (based on Al Hinkle)
- Alice Braga as Terry
- Elisabeth Moss as Galatea Dunkel (based on Helen Hinkle)
- Kirsten Dunst as Camille (based on Carolyn Cassady)
- Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee (based on William S. Burroughs)
- Steve Buscemi as Tall thin salesman
- Terrence Howard as Walter
- Giselle Itié as Tonia
- Marie-Ginette Guay as Gabrielle Levesque, Sal’s aunt
So this weekend I immersed myself in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. I followed it up with John Leland’s Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of ‘On the Road’ (They’re Not What You Think) which not only deepened my appreciation of Kerouac’s novel but cleared up a lot ofmisconceptions about the book and Kerouac. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the music and Leland compiled a great list of songs that Kerouac references. I thought I’d share.