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  • Actors: Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Amy Adams
  • Directors: Walter Salles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADSR9UI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,542 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After the death of his father, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a young and dangerously seductive ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined not to get trapped in a narrow life, the two friends burn their bridges and hit the road: thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, others and themselves.

Features an all star cast including: Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Spider-man) and Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method, The Road). On the Road, is from acclaimed director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), based on the generation-defining novel by Jack Kerouac.

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Set in the late 1940s and based on the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac, On the Road is the story of young writer Sal Paradise's journey--a journey back and forth across America in search of freedom, self-expression, and self-discovery.

Feeling lost after his father's death, Sal (Sam Riley) is intrigued by the free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and impulsively joins him on a cross-country drive. With a criminal past and a hankering for independence, sex, music, drugs, and traveling the open road, Dean possesses complete disregard for the law, social niceties, the feelings of the women in his life, and anything but the present moment.

Sal finds his initial trip with his new friend exciting and energizing. History repeats itself, as it is apt to do, and the friends make several more trips across the country together. But even as they revel in their unique relationship and the liberty of traveling, the inevitability of change will eventually affect Sal and Dean's friendship as well as their relationships with their families and friends.

On the Road is a dark, contemplative, steamy tale of sex, depravity, circumstance, and the search for personal fulfillment that is at once repulsive and highly intriguing. --Tami Horiuchi

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Eaton VINE VOICE on 16 May 2013
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It is always a tall order to translate a classic book into a film and I was fully prepared to detest this one. I was definitely one of those who pronounced this 'unfilmable'.

However,I was pleasantly surprised by both by the treatment of the story and the actors. I wasn't at all convinced that Kristen Stewart would make a good Marylou but I have to say she won me over.

There's not a lot to say about the story ... it's a road trip, there is lots of introspection and writing and copious amounts of sex and drugs. The actors turn in very compelling performances and the film is beautifully shot.

For me, the book in this case is king, but the film is still worth watching.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sk8erboy on 2 Jan. 2013
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This movie is a must-see for both anyone who loves cinema and also anyone who loves freedom! Finally this wonderful book by Jack Kerouac has been adapted into a film and extremely well at that. I watched it in sheer amazement. It's daring, it's provocative, it questions our notions and values on so many levels. The acting is second-to-none. Kristen Stewart especially puts on a truly magnificent performance, propelling her well beyond her time with the Twilight saga. She manages to act her immensely difficult role in such a convincing, natural way that she literally takes one's breath away. Having watched this movie, you simply want to watch it again. Straight away. It's that good. PS: if you can't wait until this comes to the UK: it's already available on amazon.fr including an English track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE on 17 April 2013
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Adapting Kerouac's novel for the screen was never going to be easy. The book's subtext and specific sequences of words are vital to its impact. How to express that on screen? Short of having the main character narrate every word from the book (which would make this a visual audiobook rather than a film), it would be impossible to communicate all the sentiments contained in the novel. Nevertheless, the film does a decent job of conveying the characters' angst, jealousy, confusion, soul-searching and sexual exploration. Key events from the book are selected for the film, which is far from comprehensive yet has a feeling of completeness about it. Casting choices were excellent: the ensemble cast bring a classic piece of American beat writing to life.

'On the Road' is one of the definitive road novels. It is also one of the beat generation's literary landmarks, despite being as immature and flawed as its characters.

If you've read the book, give this film a whirl. If not, read the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss K. Roberts on 15 Aug. 2013
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Well what can I say about this film. I liked it but I didn't love it. It just didn't capture me by the heart and like afew other people I thought some of the actors were miscast. Garrett Hetlund was good but not great, he's not a character that makes u really care about him. He's not so much going on a journey but just stumbling from and running away from himself and ultimately any responsibilities to anyone and anything. I just didn't connect with him and the only time I did was right at the end of the film when he is all alone. Tom Sturridge, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart were all very good and for me were the best characters in the film. I loved Mary Lou's dancing scene and for me that gave me more sense of their passion for life than any of the sex scenes in the film. I did feel like it dragged in places, the first 15 minutes seemed the longest of my life but that's because I think, like most of us I've got used to big feature films and aren't used to the slower pace of some indie films anymore. It's not one that you'd watch over and over again but definitely worth watching at least once.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 23 April 2013
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Every Humanties student's favourite pocket book On The Road finally makes it to the big screen thanks to Walter Salles and Francis Ford Coppola. It's as faithful an adaptation as you are likely to see and thankfully the cast of youngsters doesn't take anything away from the authentic post war setting. Much of the controversy and coverage the film saw before release was due to Kristen Stewart's sex scenes - apparently young actresses are still not allowed to stray beyond the boundaries of their most famous characters for fear of causing chaos amongst the legion of fans - kudos for Stewart for choosing a role so different from the childish, embarassing, one dimensional mess we see in that silly little vampire series.

The cast and setting are amonst the film's strongest points. While the cast is large and luminous, meaning certain players only feature in a handful of short scenes, the list of names is impressive and everybody excels. The late 40s, early 50s setting is clear in every scene, from the soundtrack, to the costumes, to the cars, the cities, the little touches. We get the dual sense of vibrancy and loneliness creeping through, but this is not as great a point of focus as in the novel. Here, we get many scenes of sex, drug use, travelling, mixed with the scenes of reflection, pain, guilt, but they don't flow together as a whole to give the constant feeling of pace, of being on a journey which Kerouac's words so effectively delivered. Rather than being a tale of youthful exhuberance, friendship, a quest for self, place, and destiny, we see instead a jumbled series of memories which are more like the snapshot of any average student's life with the emotional impact strewn out.
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