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
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.