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The Subterraneans (1960)

A love story between two misunderstood new bohemians who don't even understand themselves.

Director:

Ranald MacDougall

Writers:

Jack Kerouac (novel), Robert Thom
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Caron ... Mardou Fox
George Peppard ... Leo Percepied
Janice Rule ... Roxanne
Roddy McDowall ... Yuri Gligoric
Anne Seymour ... Charlotte Percepied
Jim Hutton ... Adam Moorad
Scott Marlowe ... Julien Alexander
Arte Johnson ... Arial Lavalerra
Ruth Storey Ruth Storey ... Analyst
Bert Freed ... Bartender
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Reverend Joshua Hoskins
Carmen McRae ... Herself
André Previn ... Himself
Shelly Manne ... Himself
Red Mitchell ... Himself
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Storyline

Leo is a 28 year old writer who doesn't have any friends because he finds normal people too shallow and so he hasn't found love. After an arguing with his mother he leaves into the night where he accidentally meets a group of poets, artists and philosophers who drag him to a subterranean bar where Yuri, a vagabond poet, introduces him to Mardou a beautiful blonde girl. Leo goes with the young beatnik group to every subterranean bar in San Francisco. Immediately Leo and Mardou fall in love with each other and he promises her a life together forever but their love starts to strangle Leo's ability to write. One night, out of rage, Leo snaps and has an affair with Roxanne. Mardou disappears for four days because she thinks Leo is very childish, which takes Leo to heavy drinking until she re-appears with the news that she's pregnant and they declare their love with each other by leaving the new bohemian group to be alone and start a normal life together. Written by Rodrigo Borges

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Jack Kerouac's controversial novel See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Subterraneans See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Budget:

$931,724 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1958, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer paid Jack Kerouac $15,000 (approximately $100,000 in 2006 dollars) for the rights to his book. Kerouac used the money to buy a house in Long Island, the first he had ever owned. See more »

Quotes

Mardou Fox: I go through men as other women go through money. I'm a spendthrift with men ... I want so badly to be a miser!
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Soundtracks

Coffee Time
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Carmen McRae
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The Subterraneans is a movie love poeme!
13 December 2006 | by timeonlyknowsSee all my reviews

A piece of art!This is what describes the movie best.It's about a love story between two very different of a kind people.But the thing that grabbed me most was the good play of the actors which by the way were given much material.Not like most movies which are made today this one relays most on the dialogue.It is not what they say,it's how they say it!I must say as a really big fan of old movies that this one has made me a big impression,it was very enjoyable to just watch how all those actors really becoming their characters!George Peppard did well but a little unconvincable,but Leslie Caron was the one how got me convinced that there was love somewhere in the movie...These are The Subterraneans Today's Young Rebels - Who live and love in a world of their own this is their story told to the hot rhythms of fabulous jazz!


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