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Magic Trip

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Magic Trip


In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen.
Related reviews:
08/18/2011
If the trillion-dollar war on drugs has failed to put a dent in substance abuse, perhaps a viewing of "Magic Trip" will succeed. » Read more
08/18/2011
The Grateful Dead line "What a long, strange trip it's been" seems particularly apt in the context of Magic Trip, a (counter-)cultural artifact in which the legendary 1964 cross-country bus tour by Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" is revisited, up close and out-of-sync, thanks to a trove of footage shot by Kesey and his stoned-out companions. » Read more
City Paper Grade: B
08/17/2011
It’s hard to know how much to dock Allison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ cross-country voyage for being exactly as exasperating as the actual trip must have been. » Read more

08/18/2011
If the trillion-dollar war on drugs has failed to put a dent in substance abuse, perhaps a viewing of "Magic Trip" will succeed. » Read more
08/18/2011
The Grateful Dead line "What a long, strange trip it's been" seems particularly apt in the context of Magic Trip, a (counter-)cultural artifact in which the legendary 1964 cross-country bus tour by Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" is revisited, up close and out-of-sync, thanks to a trove of footage shot by Kesey and his stoned-out companions. » Read more
City Paper Grade: B
08/17/2011
It’s hard to know how much to dock Allison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ cross-country voyage for being exactly as exasperating as the actual trip must have been. » Read more

08/18/2011
If the trillion-dollar war on drugs has failed to put a dent in substance abuse, perhaps a viewing of "Magic Trip" will succeed. » Read more
08/18/2011
The Grateful Dead line "What a long, strange trip it's been" seems particularly apt in the context of Magic Trip, a (counter-)cultural artifact in which the legendary 1964 cross-country bus tour by Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters" is revisited, up close and out-of-sync, thanks to a trove of footage shot by Kesey and his stoned-out companions. » Read more
City Paper Grade: B
08/17/2011
It’s hard to know how much to dock Allison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ cross-country voyage for being exactly as exasperating as the actual trip must have been. » Read more

MPAA rating:
R
for drug content, language and some nudity
Cast:
Ken Kesey; Neal Cass; Stanley Tucci
Directed by:
Alex Gibney; Alison Ellwood
On the web:
 
Magic Trip Official Site
Genre:
Documentary
Running time:
01:30
Release date:
2011
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