Chappaqua (film)

Chappaqua is a 1967 American drama film, written and directed by Conrad Rooks. The film is based on Rooks' experiences with drug addiction and includes cameo appearances by William S. Burroughs, Swami Satchidananda, Allen Ginsberg, Moondog, Ornette Coleman, The Fugs, and Ravi Shankar. Rooks had commissioned Coleman to compose music for the film, but his score, which has become known as the Chappaqua Suite, was not used. Ravi Shankar then composed a score.

Directed byConrad Rooks
Produced byConrad Rooks
Written byConrad Rooks
StarringJean-Louis Barrault
William S. Burroughs
Allen Ginsberg
Swami Satchidananda
Ornette Coleman
Music byRavi Shankar
CinematographyÉtienne Becker
Robert Frank
Eugen Schüfftan
Edited byKenout Peltier
Distributed byRegional Film Distributors
Release date
  • November 5, 1967 (1967-11-05)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

The picture has become a cult film.[2][3]


The film briefly depicts Chappaqua, New York, a hamlet in Westchester County, in a few minutes of wintry panoramas. In the film, the hamlet is an overt symbol of drug-free suburban childhood innocence. It also serves as one of the film's many nods to Native American culture. The word "chappaqua" derives from the Wappinger (a nation of the Algonquian peoples) word for "laurel swamp".



The film was shot in England, France, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Sri Lanka and the United States.[1]


The film was released by Regional Film Distributors, a newly formed subsidiary of Universal Pictures, in New York City on November 5, 1967.[1] It was re-released in 1970 by Minotaur Releasing.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Chappaqua at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Robert Maycock (2012) [2002]. Glass: A Portrait. Bobcat Books. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-85712-807-2.
  3. ^ The Beat Generation. p. 106.

External linksEdit