In this documentary, director Chuck Workman examines the lasting cultural significance of the Beats, focusing mainly on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. Along the way, these radical thinkers became friends and associates, and their writing influenced numerous generations of questioning individuals. Workman combines interviews, TV clips, and archival footage in his film, in addition to dramatic readings by notable actors.
"A stirring, kaleidoscopic documentary about the Beat generation and its legacy... spans from the exultant 1940s photo of the young friends of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs to the Jeopardy show on which contestants could win money by asking 'Who were the Beats?'" 'It's eternity all the time, so there's no point being nostalgic for eternity,' Ginsberg is heard saying. But that wisdom runs counter to the moving experience of watching this film unfold."
- Janet Maslin, New York Times.