Release dateApril 25, 1980 (USA) ProducersEdward R. Pressman, Michael Shamberg CastNick Nolte, John Heard, Sissy Spacek Similar moviesBig Sur (2013), Howl (2010), Pull My Daisy (1959), The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997), On the Road (2010)
TaglineThey shocked us. They outraged us. They didn't do anything wrong. They just did it first.
Neal s theme jack nitzche heart beat 1980
Heart Beat is a 1980 American drama film written and directed by John Byrum, based on the autobiography by Carolyn Cassady. The film is about seminal figures in the Beat Generation. The character of Ira, played by Ray Sharkey, is based on Allen Ginsberg. The film stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek and John Heard.
The movie received generally mixed reviews, although the soundtrack was met with critical acclaim, as well as being a large box office success.
The film explores the love triangle of real-life characters Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, and Carolyn Cassady in the late 1950s and the 1960s. It chronicles Jack Kerouac writing his seminal novel On the Road, and its effect on their lives.
Nick Nolte as Neal Cassady
Sissy Spacek as Carolyn Cassady
John Heard as Jack Kerouac
Ray Sharkey as Ira (based on Allen Ginsberg)
Ann Dusenberry as Stevie
Margaret Fairchild as Mrs. Kerouac
John Larroquette as TV Talk Show Host
David Lynch as Painter
Tony Bill as Dick
Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2½ out of 4 stars and praised certain aspects of the film:
Musical score and soundtrack
The score was composed by Jack Nitzsche and included the song "I Love Her Too" co-written by Buffy Sainte-Marie and sung by Aaron Neville and the soundtrack prominently featured saxophonist Art Pepper and other West Coast jazz musicians with the soundtrack album released on the Capitol label.
All compositions by Jack Nitzsche except where noted.
"On the Road" - 3:16
"Carolyn's Theme" - 1:53
"Adagio for Strings" - 1:58
"Three Americans" - 1:19
"Jack's Theme" - 1:39
"The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" (Ernest Seitz, Gene Lockhart) - 2:10
"I Love Her Too" (Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Byrum) - 3:50