Heart Beat ★★½ 1980 (R)
The fictionalized story of Jack Kerouac (author of “On the Road”), his friend and inspiration Neal Cassady, and the woman they shared, Carolyn Cassady. Based on Carolyn Cassady's memoirs. Strong performances, with Nolte as Cassady and Spacek as his wife, overcome the sometimes shaky narrative. 105m/C VHS . Nick Nolte, John Heard, Sissy Spacek, Ann Dusenberry, Ray Sharkey, Tony Bill, Steve Allen, John Larroquette; D: John Byrum; W: John Byrum; M: Jack Nitzsche.