Big Sur is a 2013 American adventure drama film on DVD, directed by Michael Polish.
Based on the 1962 novel by American literary icon Jack Kerouac, Big Sur recounts the events surrounding Kerouac’s three brief sojourns to a cabin in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, owned by Kerouac’s friend and fellow Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The story departs from Kerouac’s previous fictionalized autobiographical series in that the self- inspired character is shown as a popular, published author; Kerouac’s previous works are restricted to depicting Kerouac’s days as a bohemian traveller. Across Kerouac’s subsequent trips to Big Sur and interleaved lifestyle in San Francisco, he drunkenly embarrasses Neal by introducing Billie to Neal’s wife, cannot emotionally provide for the increasingly demanding Billie, and finds himself increasingly unable to integrate into suburban life. Kerouac’s inner turmoil culminates in his nervous breakdown during his third journey to Big Sur, which serves as his farewell to the beat generation.