Howl

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Released 2010

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Director:
Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

Howl features James Franco as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in this star-studded biopic centered around Ginsberg's poem "Howl" -- and the widely publicized obscenity trial that followed its publication in 1957. Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk) direct, with an A-list ensemble cast that includes Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels and Mary-Louise Parker.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Not quite a biopic, not really a documentary and only loosely an adaptation, Howl does something that sounds simple until you consider how rarely it occurs in films of any kind. It...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Michael Ordona

    The film of Howl, like its source material, is undeniably brave, committed and inventive.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Intelligent and highly respectful of its central character and his titular landmark poem, HOWL is an admirable if fundamentally academic exploration of the origins, impact, meaning...

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    historical people as characters, judicial justice, rebellious youth, bookworms, buddies and gal pals