This theme recurs in books, TV shows and movies: Dean Moriarty
and Sal Paradise crisscrossing the U.S.
In this re-imagining of literary history the two meet Cyrano De Bergerac, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dean Moriarty
, Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennett) Mr.
However, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund are well cast as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty
, two 1940s beatniks with a severe case of wanderlust.
Sal Paradise is a writer in the late 1940s whose humdrum life is sent into a tailspin by the arrival of nomadic free spirit Dean Moriarty
. This handsome and charming wanderer makes his home wherever he drops his trousers - that could be the bed of his beautiful girlfriend Camille, tormented poet Carlo Marx or incandescent 16-year-old Marylou.
"On the Road'' (8 p.m., SHO) Aspiring writer Sal Paradise hits the road with charismatic ex-con Dean Moriarty
and Dean's smoldering wife Marylou in a bid to experience true freedom.
Cassady was married to Neal Cassady - a central character in the Beat generation and the basis of the character Dean Moriarty
in Kerouac's "On the Road" - for around 20 years.
Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty
go on a thrilling quest across the United States to "find themselves." During their crazy escapades, they encounter riotous and unruly characters.
The 22-year-old plays Marylou, the young girlfriend of the main character, Dean Moriarty
, played by Garret Hedlund.
Stewart stars as the promiscuous Marylou, the 16-year-old wife of Dean Moriarty
(Hedlund) in the Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic beat generation novel.
** On The Road (15) Walter Salles finally brings Kerouac's classic quasi-autobiographical tale of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty
's cross-America road trip to the screen, but while it looks good and Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund make strong leads, it's a long rambling slog with two self-absorbed characters, throwaway cameos and adrift turns by Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst.
The film oozes with sumptuous period detail, but apart from the central performances of Sam Riley (as Sal Paradise) and Garrett Hedlund (as Dean Moriarty
), there isn't a great deal to drive things along.
On The Road's stand-out performance is not from Twilight's Kristen Stewart stripping and being overtly sexual, but from Tron star Garrett Hedlund as bad boy Dean Moriarty