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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster's fabled road trip across America.

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Magic Trip belongs to 7 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 61 stars)
2. Drug Films (public: moderated by Spunkie - 11 stars)
3. Directed collaboratively (public: moderated by djross - 2 stars)
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Date User Score
Aug 09 jrsimpson95
60T2
Jan 20 zairakas zairakas
60T6
Jan 09 leemarvins
78T4
Aug 19, 2016 slav0n
100T8
Jul 12, 2016 ribtin
68T5
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80T6
May 08, 2016 TheDude774
70T2
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
60T1
Oct 24, 2015 redacted redacted
56T3
If you're into your Beat generation writers, 60's scene doco's or drug history tales, this is a combination of all three. It covers the rather uneventful bus ride of some friends from California, notably among them is Kesey, Cassady & all kind of pre-illegal psyche's & illegal speed & weed. Cassady is a rare one, a person seemingly constantly dosed on either (or both) ultra potent LSD & amphetamines, resulting in a jabbering madman who somehow managed to pilot the neon painted bus cross-country.
Jun 22, 2015 Inkerictus Inkerictus
70T5
May 30, 2015 Greyscale Greyscale
99T8
Oct 12, 2014 freeSpirit
95T6
Sep 13, 2014 ProNaif
87T9
Apr 11, 2014 yasemin yaa
88T6
Mar 04, 2014 stuie299 stuie299
80T7
I was born in 1992, so I always find pre 90's americana documentaries like this to be very interesting. Though this one loses some points for being a little directionless. With the plethora of great footage they had I felt they could have made better use of it. As is the filmmakers don't present a clear enough message. However they did manage to document an impressive amount of what was going on. This gives the audience a much better understanding of what the experience must have been like.
Feb 26, 2014 zmt311 zmt311
68T5
Feb 24, 2014 short
79T8
Feb 24, 2014 sbirko
79T8
Jan 25, 2014 jakncoke jakncoke
80T6
Jan 23, 2014 Zepfanman Zepfanman
94T9
Jan 20, 2014 tenant tenant
35T3
Nov 24, 2013 nymetsman00
78T3
Oct 10, 2013 ssabetti
75T3
Oct 02, 2013 Niksterino
60T5
Jun 13, 2013 abesempire
90T7
Mar 04, 2013 yoohoo883 yoohoo
80T7
Having read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test and being a fan of Ken Kesey, it was very cool and interesting getting to actually see the footage he and his crew of Merry Pranksters shot. Definitely a great supplement to Wolfe's second-hand account of the trip, as it helps to paint a clearer picture of what the trip actually entailed and what the characters were actually like. Only down was using actors to do voiceovers of the group. Would have been better without, or with the real person.
Jan 17, 2013 kafkalamak kafkalamak
60T2
Nov 19, 2012 RadioFreeLee RadioFreeLee
83T7
Sep 30, 2012 masoo masoo
75T7
Sep 20, 2012 AVclub
6T4
May 20, 2012 nrm5
31T1
Apr 16, 2012 FunkyAstro FunkyAstro
85T9
I think this is a film that you really need to read between the lines with. Kind of a "if you know you know" type of thing. Definitely not for everyone. Sometimes it is tedious to listen to other people's drug stories and you sometimes wonder, "why are these people so special that i should care". Thankfully some of Kesey's talent shined through all this and you can really pick up on his insight if you actually listen. Anyway, I got a lot out of it and related. The mushrooms probably helped.
Apr 11, 2012 salty_dog salty dog
69T6
Apr 09, 2012 ajan
1T1
Mar 09, 2012 secil secil
51T2
Feb 24, 2012 hknrgn hknrgn
52T3
Dec 13, 2011 chemical404 chemical404
52T5
You would think that 40 hours of footage shot during the legendary bus ride would be a treasure trove, but this film only shows insignificant tidbits. Narration could be better, but interviews read by voice actors are horrible. They make it sound like this is some children cartoon. Cassady's charisma is radiating even from filmed footage. Kesey asks him if he would like some LSD, to which he answers "I would, yes, I would". Finest moment of this film!
Nov 18, 2011 AAAutin AAAutin
63T9
Nov 03, 2011 CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
76T6
Oct 25, 2011 imdb imdb
59T4
Oct 24, 2011 Amember
10T9
Oct 22, 2011 SlantMag SlantMag
25T7
"The messiness of Kesey's trip is reflected, for worse more than for better, by Magic Trip, which fails to provide much insight into any of its subjects." - Nick Schager
Oct 22, 2011 aaronwhat aaronwhat
80T6
Sep 22, 2011 Evolution Evolution
67T4
Sep 18, 2011 JackDurden JackDurden
7T5
Aug 22, 2011 filmcricket
56T5
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