Heart Beat

Heart Beat (1980)

They shocked us. They outraged us. They didn't do anything wrong. They just did it first.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1980-04-25
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 7 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Orion Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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An exploration of the relationship between Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, and Cassady's wife, Carolyn.

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  • Nick Nolte

    as Neal Cassady
  • John Heard

    as Jack Kerouac
  • Sissy Spacek

    as Carolyn Cassady
  • Ray Sharkey

    as Ira
  • Ann Dusenberry

    as Stevie
  • Margaret Fairchild

    as Mrs. Kerouac
  • Tony Bill

    as Dick
  • Mary Margaret Amato

    as Waitress
  • Kent Williams

    as Ogden
  • Susan Niven

    as Ogden's Secretary
  • Marcia Nasatir

    as First Receptionist
  • Mickey Kelly

    as Second Receptionist
  • Luis Contreras

    as Mexican Junkie
  • Sharon Lee

    as Blonde in Car
  • John Larroquette

    as TV Talk Show Host
  • Terence H. Winkless

    as Youth in Bar
  • Steve Allen

    as Himself
  • David Lynch

    as Painter
Production Dianne Crittenden Casting
Art Thomas L. Roysden Set Decoration
Production Michael Shamberg Producer
Art Jack Fisk Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Norris Costume Design
Sound Jack Nitzsche Original Music Composer
Camera László Kovács Director of Photography
Production Richard Hashimoto Production Manager
Production William Tepper Executive Producer
Production Edward R. Pressman Producer
Production Alan Greisman Producer
Directing John Byrum Director
Writing John Byrum Writer
Editing Eric Jenkins Editor
Production David Axlerod Producer
Costume & Make-Up Edouard F. Henriques Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Vivian McAteer Hairstylist