R | | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
Viggo Mortensen's character is based on writer William S. Burroughs. Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch (1991) was adapted onto film by David Cronenberg. Mortensen appeared in Cronenberg's films A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).
This is the first time actual sex has been part of my relationship with a man. And this is how you love.
When Sal leaves for Denver in 1947, he crosses the George Washington Bridge, which has upper and lower decks. The lower deck was added in 1962.
The film was re-edited for North American release following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its French theatrical release because, according to director Walter Salles, that version was "rushed". The new cut is thirteen minutes shorter but contains more scenes and Salles says he has no preference between the two.
€758,304 (France) (27 May 2012)
$717,753 (USA) (28 April 2013)