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On the Road (2012)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 9,940 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 23 May 2012 (France)
  • Runtime: 124 min | 137 min (original version)
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  • IMDb page: On the Road (2012)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 9,940 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Release Date: 23 May 2012 (France)
  • Runtime: 124 min | 137 min (original version)
  • Filming Location: Amite, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $2,707,624(France)
  • Director: Walter Salles
  • Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Gustavo Santaolalla   
  • Soundtrack: Hard to Love What You Kill
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Writer | Three Word Title | Male Male Kiss | Gay Kiss | Nudity

Writing Credits By:

  • Jack Kerouac (book)
  • Jose Rivera (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Based on the book ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac written in 1951 (published in 1957).
  • Official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival 2012.
  • Was picked up for US distribution on May 8, 2012 by IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and AMC.
  • Kristen Stewart agreed to a salary less than $200,000 after the film’s budget was drastically cut. Stewart remained committed to the role of Marylou out of her love for the original novel by Jack Kerouac.
  • Filming began in August 2010 in Montreal, Canada. From Montreal the cast traveled to Quebec, Calgary, Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, California, Argentina, and Chile.
  • Before filming began, director Walter Salles had the cast do a three week ‘beatnik boot camp’. Kristen Stewart described it as three weeks of nothing but literature about the beatnik generation and listening to audio interviews from Jack Kerouac.
  • Johnny Depp turned down the role of Sal Paradise when the film was in early development in the early 90s.
  • Lindsay Lohan was considered for the role of Marylou.
  • Viggo Mortensen’s character is based on writer William S. Burroughs. Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch was adapted onto film by David Cronenberg. Mortensen appeared in Cronenberg’s films A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.
  • While this movie took so many years to make, many actors auditioned for the lead roles. One pair was formed by Brad Pitt and Ethan Hawke whom auditioned when they were young. In 2005, Joel Schumacher planned a version with Colin Farrell and Billy Crudup as the lead characters. When Walter Salles finally was able to do the movie he auditioned many actors including James Franco (as Jack Kerouac) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He eventually cast Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The large, round hay and straw bales shown in the opening scenes when Sal Paradise hitches a ride on the old farm truck, were not available until 1972, when Vermeer built and sold the model 605 baler. Even then, the bales were much smaller, and wouldn't have been as large and tightly compacted until the late '70s or early '80s on United States farms.

Plot: 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. |  »

Story: 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.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Patrick Batteux known as executive producer: USA
  • Peter Cavaney known as associate producer
  • Francis Ford Coppola known as executive producer
  • Charles Gillibert known as producer
  • Nathanaël Karmitz known as producer
  • Lyse Lafontaine known as local executive producer
  • Jerry Leider known as executive producer
  • Tita Lombardo known as line producer: Mexico
  • Catalina Restrepo known as line producer: Northern California
  • Walter Salles known as associate producer
  • Rebecca Yeldham known as producer
  • Michael Zakin known as co-executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Sam Riley known as Sal Paradise / Jack Kerouac
  • Garrett Hedlund known as Dean Moriarty / Neal Cassady
  • Kristen Stewart known as Marylou / LuAnne Henderson
  • Amy Adams known as Jane / Joan Vollmer
  • Tom Sturridge known as Carlo Marx / Allen Ginsberg
  • Alice Braga known as Terry / Bea Franco
  • Elisabeth Moss known as Galatea Dunkel / Helen Hinkle
  • Danny Morgan known as Ed Dunkle / Al Hinkle
  • Kirsten Dunst known as Camille / Carolyn Cassady
  • Viggo Mortensen known as Old Bull Lee / William S. Burroughs
  • Ximena Adriana known as Oaxacan Girl
  • Sarah Allen known as Vicki
  • Clara Altimas known as Newlywed Woman
  • Leif Anderson known as Chevy Owner
  • Ricardo Andres known as Terry's Father
  • Dan Beirne known as Newlywed Man
  • Tetchena Bellange known as Walter's Wife
  • Glen Bowser known as Denver Police
  • Doug Boyd known as Grocery Store Owner
  • Kim Bubbs known as Laura
  • Steve Buscemi known as Tall Thin Salesman
  • Jason Cavalier known as Disgruntled Driver
  • Joe Chrest known as Virginia Cop
  • Patrick John Costello known as Chad King (as Patrick Costello)
  • Michael Daigle known as Papa Leo Paradise
  • Eric Davis known as Paul
  • Larry Day known as Policeman New Jersey
  • Janyève Denoncourt known as Joanie 17 months
  • Sean J. Dillingham known as Cotton Foreman
  • Paul Dillon known as Montana Slim
  • Joel Figueroa known as Victor
  • Frank Fontaine known as Paul's Father
  • Clara Furey known as Inez
  • Isa Garcia known as Johnny
  • Kyle Gatehouse known as Migrant Worker
  • Barbara Glover known as Okie Woman
  • David Gow known as Parking Lot Boss
  • Marie-Ginette Guay known as Ma Paradise
  • Imogen Haworth known as Nin Paradise
  • Matthew Deano known as Ray (as Matthew Hayes Deano)
  • Robert Higden known as Sam Pharmacy
  • Arthur Holden known as Maitre D
  • Kaniehtiio Horn known as Rita Bettancourt (as Tiio Horn)
  • Terrence Howard known as Walter
  • Omoze Idehenre known as Black Woman
  • Asao Ikegami known as Japanese Co-worker
  • Giselle Itié known as Tonia
  • Daniel Kash known as Henry Glass
  • Joey Klein known as Tom Saybrook
  • Greg Kramer known as Mississippi Gene
  • Neil Kroetsch known as Denver Barber
  • Jake La Botz known as Okie Hitchhiker
  • Jordane Lavoie known as Amy 1 month
  • Roc Lafortune known as Hotel Clerk
  • Adam LeBlanc known as Remi Boncoeur
  • Terry Leonard known as Pecos Truck Driver
  • Alison Louder known as Dorie
  • Bronwen Mantel known as Paul's Mother
  • Rocky Marquette known as Alfred
  • Lilia Mendoza known as Venuzuelan Girl
  • Murphy Moberly known as Ray Lee (as Murphy Ian Moberly)
  • Luc Morrissette known as Old Tramp
  • George Morris known as Old Bartender
  • Coati Mundi known as Slim Gaillard
  • Jacob Ortiz known as Johnny
  • Felix Pennell known as Blond Kid
  • Chris Ratz known as Migrant Truck Driver
  • Niko Romberg known as Migrant Worker
  • Andaluz Russell known as Dona Gregoria
  • Michael Sarrazin known as Irish Catholic Priest
  • Barry Del Sherman known as Dynamite Truck Driver
  • Mark Trafford known as Broadway Sam
  • Gina Vargas known as Whorehouse Girl 2
  • Madison Wolfe known as Dodie Lee (8)
  • Moira Wylie known as Paul's Old Aunt
  • Daniela Wong known as Whorehouse Girl 1
  • Giovanna Zacarías known as Red Head
  • Martin Auguste known as Walter's Jazz Band
  • Wray Downes known as Walter's Jazz Band
  • Martin Heslop known as Walter's Jazz Band
  • Moise Yawo Matey known as Walter's Jazz Band
  • Archie Alleyne known as Slim's Band
  • Jude Charles known as Slim's Band
  • Ronald Johnston known as Slim's Band
  • LaFonda Baker known as Dorothy Banks (uncredited)
  • Bennie Bell known as Towns Person (uncredited)
  • Anthony Bougiouris known as Saybrook Dancer #! (uncredited)
  • Lisandre Bujold known as Extra (uncredited)
  • John Burnside known as Ghostly Hobo (uncredited)
  • Joseph Randy Causin known as Migrant Worker (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey T Ferguson known as Lunchbox Guy (uncredited)
  • Jenessa Grant known as Farmer's Daughter (uncredited)
  • Emily D. Haley known as People on the Street (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Herrera known as Student (uncredited)
  • Kymberly Jenal known as Townsperson (uncredited) (as Kimberly Reed)
  • Veronica Loud known as Dinah Luke (uncredited)
  • Emilie Paquet known as Bar Attendee (uncredited)
  • Mark Rayner known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Terry Lee Smith known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Sona Tatoyan known as Maggie (uncredited)
  • Timothy A. Vasquez known as Towns Person (uncredited)
  • Michael Wozniak known as Businessman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Marisa Amenta known as key makeup artist
  • Chantal Bergeron known as assistant hair stylist
  • John Caglione Jr. known as special makeup designer
  • Michelle Côté known as first assistant hair stylist
  • Gretchen Davis known as local key makeup artist
  • Annie Jalbert known as wig maker
  • Lizane La Salle known as assistant makeup artist: : extras
  • Anne Moralis known as wigmaker
  • Magali Métivier known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jean-Jacques Puchu known as key hair stylist
  • Aimee Stuit known as makeup artist
  • Collette Tolen known as assistant hair stylist
  • Nathalie Trépanier known as makeup artist: extras
  • Fanny Vachon known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Susan Alegria known as assistant art director: San Francisco
  • Nate Belove known as property master: San Francisco
  • Gail Briant known as signwriter: New Orleans
  • Jason Byers known as scenic artist: San Francisco
  • Annie Carpentier known as props
  • Michel Clément known as assistant art director
  • Carl Counts known as art department coordinator: New Orleans unit
  • Delaney Davis known as art department assistant
  • Carrie Foster known as art department co-ordinator
  • Brian Freeman known as carpenter
  • Gregory T. Geniusz known as set dresser
  • Alain Giguère known as head scenic painter
  • Denis Hamel known as property master
  • Halsted Craig Hannah known as original artworks
  • Elena Hernandez Paz known as art department coordinator
  • Doni McMillan known as set dresser
  • Jean-François Merlot known as scenic painter
  • Blanche Moreau known as art department assistant coordinator
  • Keith Mosca known as property master: Arizona
  • Christina Myal known as assisted in graphics for set decoration
  • Pat A. O'Connor known as leadman: New Orleans unit
  • Luis Antonio Ordoñez known as assistant art director
  • Tom Richardson known as lead scenic artist: San Francisco
  • Leonard R. Spears known as set decorator: New Orleans unit
  • Alex Touikan known as set designer
  • Erik van Haaren known as construction coordinator
  • Yanick Veilleux known as set dresser
  • Leia Verner known as set dec assistant
  • Bill Walters known as on-set dresser
  • Kevan Weber known as set dresser
  • Niko Zahlten known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • MK2 Productions (as MK2) (presents)
  • American Zoetrope (presents)
  • Jerry Leider Company
  • Vanguard Films (in association with)
  • Film4 (in association with)
  • France 2 Cinéma (as France 2 Cinema) (in co-production with)
  • France Télévisions (as France Televisions) (with the participation of)
  • Canal+ (with the participation of)
  • Ciné+ (as Cine+) (with the participation of)
  • MK2 Productions (as MK2)
  • VideoFilmes (in co-production with)
  • Nomadic Pictures (uncredited)
  • SPAD Films (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • A & R Brochu Construction  set construction
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Coulon Casting  casting
  • DTC Grip & Electric  grip and lighting equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Equipment & Film Design  grip and lighting equipment
  • Good Faith Casting  casting (Arizona)
  • Heenan Blaikie Lawyers  Canadian legal services
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Silver Screen Supply  portable cooling units
  • Silver Screen Supply  portable power systems and cables
  • Sixteen19  post production services
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Studio Line  sound post-production (ADR)
  • Tate Post  sound post-production
  • Visual Motion  camera trucks and trailers provided by
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services


  • MK2 Diffusion (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2012) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2012) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2012) (Liechtenstein) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2012) (Switzerland) (theatrical) (German speaking region)
  • Distribution Company (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Filmcoopi Zürich (2012) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2012) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • IFC Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • IFC/Sundance Selects (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Sundance Selects (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • AMC Networks (2013) (USA) (TV)
  • American Movie Classics (AMC) (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Falcon Films (2012) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2012) (Vietnam) (all media)
  • Midget Entertainment (2012) (Denmark) (all media)
  • PARLUX Entertainment (2013) (Hungary) (all media)
  • PlayArte Filmes (2012) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Sundance Selects (2012) (USA) (all media)
  • Twin Pics (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twin Pics (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Wanda Visión S.A. (2012) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Beaulac known as digital compositor
  • Marie-Eve Bedard-Tremblay known as visual effects coordinator: Oblique FX
  • Benoit Blouin known as digital effects artist
  • Cynthia Carrier known as visual effects artist
  • Cynthia Carrier known as visual effects coordinator
  • Bertrand de Saint Seine known as titles and credits
  • Charles-David Deschenes known as visual effects assistant
  • Patrick Dion known as digital compositor
  • Aélis Héraud known as visual effects compositor
  • Emilien Lazaron known as visual effects coordinator
  • Martin Lipmann known as senior compositor
  • Louis Morin known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • Belgium 23 May 2012 (Gent)
  • France 23 May 2012
  • France 23 May 2012 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 23 May 2012 (French speaking region)
  • Netherlands 24 May 2012
  • Belgium 6 June 2012
  • Luxembourg 6 June 2012
  • Sweden 25 June 2012 (Peace & Love Film Festival)
  • Germany 1 July 2012 (Munich Film Festival)
  • Brazil 13 July 2012
  • Sweden 20 July 2012
  • Finland 27 July 2012
  • Poland 29 July 2012 (New Horizons Film Festival)
  • Canada September 2012 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • New Zealand 13 September 2012
  • Poland 14 September 2012
  • Australia 27 September 2012
  • Greece 29 September 2012 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Denmark 4 October 2012
  • Germany 4 October 2012
  • Russia 4 October 2012
  • Switzerland 4 October 2012 (German speaking region)
  • USA 4 October 2012 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • Lithuania 5 October 2012
  • Italy 11 October 2012
  • Ireland 12 October 2012
  • UK 12 October 2012
  • Estonia 19 October 2012
  • Taiwan 9 November 2012 (Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival)
  • Slovenia 11 November 2012 (Ljubljana International Film Festival)
  • Republic of Macedonia 18 November 2012 (Cinedays Film Festival)
  • Canada 26 November 2012 (Quebec City Film Festival)
  • USA 8 December 2012 (Santa Fe International Film Festival)
  • Portugal 20 December 2012
  • Taiwan 21 December 2012
  • USA 21 December 2012 (limited)
  • Hong Kong 10 January 2013
  • Hungary 14 February 2013
  • Israel 28 February 2013
  • Iceland 1 March 2013
  • Argentina 7 March 2013

MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language



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