It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture.
Mary-Louise Parker....Gail Potter
Jon Hamm....Jake Ehrlich
Jeff Daniels....Professor David Kirk
David Strathairn....Ralph McIntosh
Alessandro Nivola....Luther Nichols
Treat Williams....Mark Schorer
Bob Balaban....Judge Clayton Horn
Aaron Tveit....Peter Orlovsky
Allen Ginsberg....Himself (archive footage)
Jon Prescott....Neal Cassady
Todd Rotondi....Jack Kerouac
Sean Patrick Reilly....Six Gallery
Cecilia Foss....Beatnik Poet
Alex Emanuel....Six Gallery
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.