September 24th 2010
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 136 min,
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Cast: James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, Aaron Tveit, Jon Prescott, Todd Rotondi, Sean Patrick Reilly, Allen Ginsberg, Cecilia Foss, Andrew Rogers, Anna Kuchma
  • Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • Writers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • Producers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, John Hays, Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine K. Walker
  • Co Producers: Brian Benson, Andrew Peterson, Mark Steele
  • Associate Producers: Ken Bailey, James Chan, Kelly Gilpatrick, Peter Hale, Bob Rosenthal
  • Executive Producers: Miles Levy, Jawal Nga, Gus Van Sant
  • Art Directions: Russell Barnes, Eric Drooker
  • Castings: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey, David Vaccari
  • Costume Design: Kurt and Bart
  • D.O.P.: Edward Lachman
  • Editor: Jake Pushinsky
  • Makeup: Persefone Karakosta
  • Music: Carter Burwell
  • Production Design: Thérèse DePrez
  • Set Decoration: Robert Covelman


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • Production Companies: Werc Werk Works, RabbitBandini Productions, Telling Pictures, Radiant Cool
  • Production Schedule: 16 March 2009 - June 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Arguably the single most anticipated title at Sundance 2010, Oscar-winning writer/directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman take on the facts-based story about the landmark case over censorship and First Amendment rights.

How the three storylines will intermingle is one of the big questions right now, but as 'biopics' go this is sounding the most unconventional and original since Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan-inspired "I'm Not There". The animated segments in particular, done here by Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker, are going to be the most unusual and potentially exciting element of the whole endeavour.

There's a strong cast in play as various famous figures in the case, and of course the work itself which may have lost some of its edge, but hasn't lost any of its power or relevance. Reviews should be forthcoming soon, but expectations are high."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 August 2010: Italy