It Don't Pay To Be An Honest Citizen

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The first feature of independent short-film creator Jacob Burckhardt is a disappointing venture, but it does have some wonderful cameo performances by beat-era writers Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Reportedly based on a true incident, the story opens as Reed Bye, a struggling moviemaker, loses his all-important can of film to a pair of late-night...read more

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The first feature of independent short-film creator Jacob Burckhardt is a disappointing venture, but it does have some wonderful cameo performances by beat-era writers Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Reportedly based on a true incident, the story opens as Reed Bye, a struggling

moviemaker, loses his all-important can of film to a pair of late-night muggers. He begins an endless search through the underworlds of Brooklyn in hopes of finding his work. Along the way he encounters Ginsberg, a seedy lawyer, and finally aging Mafia don Burroughs. Burckhardt shows a certain

ability, but his story is too simple to work in a feature-length format. He relies heavily on stereotypes to pad out the film, an unsatisfactory device that occasionally reveals a smug attitude on Burckhardt's part toward those he considers inferior to his protagonist.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The first feature of independent short-film creator Jacob Burckhardt is a disappointing venture, but it does have some wonderful cameo performances by beat-era writers Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Reportedly based on a true incident, the story… (more)

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