6.1/10
38,256
139 user 252 critic

On the Road (2012)

Trailer
1:45 | Trailer
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Jack Kerouac (based on the novel by), Jose Rivera (screenplay by)
Reviews
Popularity
4,146 ( 176)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Director: Jake Scott
Stars: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
The Runaways (2010)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon
Speak (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director: Jessica Sharzer
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Dick Hagerman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

Director: Mary Stuart Masterson
Stars: Elizabeth Ashley, Jayce Bartok, Bruce Dern
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina.

Director: Ana Piterbarg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there.

Director: Peter Sattler
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The official video for Marcus Foster's single "I Was Broken" starring Kristen Stewart.

Directors: Tom Sturridge, Elias Hope
Stars: Marcus Foster, Kristen Stewart
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen
Jauja (2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Director: Lisandro Alonso
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A biographical short about French fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

Director: Karl Lagerfeld
Stars: Jamie Bochert, Laura Brown, Geraldine Chaplin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Riley ... Sal Paradise / Jack Kerouac
Garrett Hedlund ... Dean Moriarty / Neal Cassady
Kristen Stewart ... Marylou / LuAnne Henderson
Amy Adams ... Jane / Joan Vollmer
Tom Sturridge ... Carlo Marx / Allen Ginsberg
Alice Braga ... Terry / Bea Franco
Elisabeth Moss ... Galatea Dunkel / Helen Hinkle
Danny Morgan ... Ed Dunkle / Al Hinkle
Kirsten Dunst ... Camille / Carolyn Cassady
Viggo Mortensen ... Old Bull Lee / William S. Burroughs
Ximena Adriana Ximena Adriana ... Oaxacan Girl
Sarah Allen ... Vicki
Clara Altimas ... Newlywed Woman
Leif Anderson ... Chevy Owner
Ricardo Andres Ricardo Andres ... Terry's Father
Edit

Storyline

Shaken by the death of his father and discouraged by his stalled career, writer Sal Paradise goes on a road trip hoping for inspiration. While traveling, he is befriended by charismatic and fearless Dean Moriarty and Moriarty's free-spirited and seductive young wife, Marylou. Traveling across the American southwest together, they strive to break from conformity and and search the unknown, and their decisions change the very course of their lives. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The best teacher is experience.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 May 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En el camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridge City, Louisiana, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,550, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$744,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,784,318
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Beat scholar Brian Hassett pointed out some of the multiple sources beyond the novel also used/referenced/seen in the movie: Director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera used the scroll version of On The Road (published 2007), not the 1957 edition, as the working blueprint. And then all sorts of little touches were added from Neal, Jack & Allen's letters, Carolyn Cassady's autobiography, the 2 different LuAnne Henderson interviews, "The Town And The City," Jack's audio recordings and articles and notebooks, Allen Ginsberg's "Denver Doldrums," "Dakar Doldrums" and the "Martyrdom and Artifice" journals, John Clellon Holmes' "Go," Gifford & Lee's oral biography "Jack's Book" - all noticed specifically. See more »

Goofs

Set in 1949, but the characters ride in a 1950 Hudson. See more »

Quotes

Dean Moriarty: Hey Sal... I love you as ever.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was re-edited for North American release following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its French theatrical release because, according to director Walter Salles, that version was "rushed". The new cut is thirteen minutes shorter but contains more scenes and Salles says he has no preference between the two. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.135 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Dynamite
Written by Slim Gaillard (uncredited)
Performed by Slim Gaillard
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Lots of anachronisms for one thing....
7 April 2013 | by everydaydecoSee all my reviews

I agree with the earlier review ..."..our last chance to revisit it, even for a few hours, is taken away..." Yep. I read the book soon after its publication and, like the above reviewer, only remember the intensity, the poetry. My memory is that there was no real story line. But wonderful evocations of crossing the country in the old Hudson, at night...something about the feeling of being in that capsule. Just one of the many quibbles I have with this movie is that it showed us the Hudson speeding across the screen from left to right...an exterior view. Nothing of the romance of being in the car as it hurtled along. Lots of scenes of Dean driving dangerously, but that tells us something about Dean...that isn't what the book was saying about being in the car.

Okay. Anyway..anachronisms...

I graduated high school in 1957. I remember the hair cuts for girls...I was one of them. Marylou did not wear the cut shown in the movie. No long layers. Long hair , yes, but not long layers. That's very contemporary...It's distracting. Ever hear of "pin curls?"

Restaurant servers did not start saying "Enjoy" until at least the 90's. Remember the carefully recreated restaurant toward the end of the movie...the middle aged, somewhat overweight waitress in the red uniform? Never would she have said "enjoy."

I think some of the cars seen rushing from one side of the screen to the other in the early part of the movie were not available in the late 40's. Looked like Chevys from about 1953.

So much was carefully done...the paint peeling in the old Victorians when Victorians were low rent...yes! That very restaurant mentioned above.

Come on, there are lots of us still living. Hire a consultant next time.


20 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 139 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed