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Author: Alex GibneyAlison EllwoodWill Clarke, (Film producer)Alexandra JohnesKen KeseyAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2011]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1964, author Ken Kesey and his friends, known as the Merry Pranksters, set out on a cross-country bus trip from California to New York to visit the World's Fair. They also decided to record it, with several 16 mm movie cameras and audio tape. Compiled from more than 40 hours of footage shot during the journey, it was the magical mystery tour--fueled by both the countercultural sentiments of the time and lots of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: Ken Kesey; Ken Babbs; Neal Cassady
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Gibney; Alison Ellwood; Will Clarke, (Film producer); Alexandra Johnes; Ken Kesey; Stanley Tucci; Magnolia Pictures (Firm),; History Films,; Optimum Releasing (Firm),; Imaginary Forces (Firm),; Jigsaw Productions.; Phoenix Wiley (Firm); Magnolia Home Entertainment (Firm),
OCLC Number: 757559612
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
Notes: Based on the words and recordings of Ken Kesey.
Special features: Commentary with directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood [optional audio feature]; Deleted scenes (18 min.); Ken Kesey's first 'trip' [audio feature] (51 min.); HDNet: A look at Magic trip (5 min.); Also from Magnolia [previews] (10 min.).
Wide screen (1.78:1)
Credits: Editor, Alison Ellwood ; original music, David Kahne ; audio restoration, Don Fleming ; design and animated sequences by Imaginary Forces ; research, Salimah El-Amin ; transcripts, Richard Dworkin.
Cast: Ken Kesey (Swashbuckler), the Merry Bank of Pranksters including Ken Babbs (Intrepid Traveler), Neal Cassady (Sir Speed limit), Paula Sundsten (Slime Queen AKA Gretchen Fetchen), Jane Burton (Generally Famished), Kathy Casamo (Stark Naked), George Walker (Hardly Visible), Steve Lambrecht (Zonker), and Further (as the Bus); with appearances by Mike Hagen, Sandy Lehmann-Haupt, Chloe Scott, Faye Kesey, Roy Seburn, Zane Kesey, Jerry Garcia; interviewer, Stanley Tucci; original Prankster audio transcripts performed by Jim Meskimen, Andrea Cirie, Karen Gilliam, Kathleen McInerney.
Target Audience: Rating: Rated R for drug content, language, and some nudity.
Description: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1; widescreen presentation, 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
Contents: Ken Kesey --
The American landscape --
25 feet an hour --
The LSD experiment --
Cuckoo's Nest --
Nothing lasts --
New Orleans --
New York --
The trip --
Strange situation --
Trip or treat --
End credits.
Other Titles: Ken Kesey's search for a kool place
Responsibility: Magnolia Pictures ; History Films presents in association with Optimum Releasing, Imaginary Forces, and Jigsaw Productions ; an Alex Gibney production in association with Phoenix Wiley Ltd. ; directed by Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood ; screenplay by Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood ; produced by Will Clarke, Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes.
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In 1964, author Ken Kesey and his friends, known as the Merry Pranksters, set out on a cross-country bus trip from California to New York to visit the World's Fair. They also decided to record it, with several 16 mm movie cameras and audio tape. Compiled from more than 40 hours of footage shot during the journey, it was the magical mystery tour--fueled by both the countercultural sentiments of the time and lots of LSD--that became legend. The participants were not beatniks, not-yet-hippies, but a group of preppy-looking partygoers, outfitted in red, white, and blue, whose traveling bacchanal zigzagged across the country. In those more relaxed times, the Pranksters encountered only sporadic harassment, as they spread low-key mayhem in Phoenix, New Orleans, Houston, and the Millbrook, N.Y. estate where Timothy Leary held court. The film record of this famous bohemian lark is uneven, befitting an unsteady (if borderline revolutionary) group in a time of widespread cultural upheaval.

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