Kill Your Darlings

October 18th 2013
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 104 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, Jack Huston, Kyra Sedgwick, David Rasche, John Cullum, Finise Avery, Erin Darke, Craig Chester, Nicole Signore, Clancy O'Connor, Michael Cavadias, Leslie Meisel, Sarah Hollis, Nick Diamantis, Kevyn Settle, Zach Appelman, Anna Kuchma, Dawn Newman, Olen Holm, Quinlan Corbett, Matthew David, Kate Madison, Peter Waluk
  • Director: John Krokidas
  • Writers: John Krokidas, Austin Bunn
  • Producers: Michael Benaroya, Rose Ganguzza, John Krokidas, Christine Vachon
  • Co Producers: Marcelo Gandola, James Lejsek, Sierra Nielsen, Missy Papageorge
  • Associate Producers: Matthew Vose Campbell, David Hinojosa
  • Executive Producers: Jared Goldman, Joe Jenckes, Randy Manis
  • Art Direction: Alexios Chrysikos
  • Casting: Laura Rosenthal
  • Costume Design: Christopher Peterson
  • D.O.P.: Reed Morano
  • Editor: Brian A. Kates
  • Makeup: Lori Hicks
  • Music: Nico Muhly
  • Production Design: Stephen H. Carter
  • Set Decoration: Sarah E. McMillan


Rhe previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Huston) and William Burroughs (Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution. This is the true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence
  • Production Companies: Killer Films, Benaroya Pictures, Outpost Studios
  • Production Schedule: March 2012 - May 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Yet another film about the Beat Generation to sit alongside last year's "On the Road" and this year's "Big Sur," this one isn't based on their works. Rather, it deals with the real-life murder of David Kammerer in 1944 at Columbia University. Said murder brought together three great writers - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs - whose works and deeds were a key part of an entire counter-culture movement.

Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) was stabbed to death by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a student who had been pursued sexually by Kammerer. Carr's friends included the three writers (Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, Ben Foster) and together they dumped Kammerer's body in the Hudson River and spent a couple of days deciding whether or not to confess to the murder. When Carr finally did, he served two years in prison before becoming an editor at United Press International. The other three went on to define the Beat Generation.

Filmmaker John Krokidas has been trying to get the project made for a good few years with the likes of Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw attached at one point. That version fell apart, but this one came together soon after. The cast is essentially flawless with all the impressive young talent above, plus the likes of Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and amusingly David Cross playing Louis Ginsberg. Louis was the father of Allen Ginsberg, and Cross played Allen in 2007's "I'm Not There." Set to premiere at this year's Sundance, this will hopefully be one of the festival's real highlights."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 February 2013: Brazil
  • 17 October 2013: Italy
  • 7 November 2013: Greece
  • 8 November 2013: UK
  • 14 November 2013: Germany