Magic Trip

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Released 2011

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Director:
Alison Ellwood , Alex Gibney (I)
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road." Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With MAGIC TRIP, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage to create a documentary of this extraordinary piece of American history.

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  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's like seeing the birth of the '60s, with great moments (including Neal Cassady doing speed-freak monologues).

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Magic Trip is the cinematic equivalent of a yellowed scrapbook whose pictures are accompanied by sketchy captions created after the fact.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Gibney and Ellwood struggle to create context for or make much sense of the vibrant hodge-podge of material that they excavated from the archives of Kesey, who died in 2001.

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