Oscar-nominee James Franco (127 Hours) stars as the young Allen Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to his most timeless and electrifying work: the poem Howl.
But Ginsberg’s erotic, explicit, autobiographical poem was not so well received in other quarters: Soon Howl itself was on trial for obscenity. A stellar cast including Jon Hamm (TV’s Madmen), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Mary Louise Parker (TV’s Weeds) recreate the tense courtroom battle between America’s cherished right to Freedom of Speech and the social mores of the 1950s.
Howl is both the story of a poem, and of a man—a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption, and psychedelic ride through the prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation.