Howl (2010)

imdb rating6.7Rotten Tomatoes rating63%Metacritic rating63%
It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.

Directors

Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman

Cast

James Franco - Allen Ginsberg
Jon Hamm - Jake Ehrlich
Mary-Louise Parker - Gail Potter
Treat Williams - Mark Schorer
Jeff Daniels - Professor David Kirk
David Strathairn - Ralph McIntosh
Alessandro Nivola - Luther Nichols
Aaron Tveit - Peter Orlovsky
Bob Balaban - Judge Clayton Horn
Allen Ginsberg - Himself
Sean Patrick Reilly - Six Gallery
Jon Prescott - Neal Cassady
Todd Rotondi - Jack Kerouac
Alex Emanuel - Six Gallery
Cecilia Foss - Beatnik Poet
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