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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 August 1969 (USA)
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A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Quinn ...
Alice Brock (as Pat Quinn)
Ray Brock
Lee Hays ...
Himself - Reverend at Evangelical Meeting
Michael McClanathan ...
Geoff Outlaw ...
Roger Crowther
Kathleen Dabney ...
Himself - Officer Obie
Seth Allen ...
Monroe Arnold ...
Joseph Boley ...
Vinnette Carroll ...
Draft Clerk
Sylvia Davis ...
Marjorie Guthrie


Arlo Guthrie's song is converted into a motion picture. Arlo goes to see Alice for Thanksgivng and as a favor takes her trash to the dump. When the dump is closed, he drops it on top of another pile of garbage at the bottom of a ravine. When the local sheriff finds out a major manhunt begins. Arlo manages to survive the courtroom experience but it haunts him when he is to be inducted into the army via the draft. The movie follows the song with Arlo's voice over as both music and narration. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

20 August 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El restaurante de Alicia  »

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$6,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Alice Brock and Ray Brock appear as extras in the film. In the scene where "Ray" is putting up insulation, she is wearing a brown turtleneck and has her hair in a ponytail. In the Thanksgiving scene she wears a bright pink satin blouse. In the party scene she's wearing a Western-style dress. See more »


During the Thanksgiving after-dinner sequence. Everyone sings "Amazing Grace" accompanied by the sound of a harmonium. The camera pulls in to show Arlo playing a Fender Rhodes stage piano as if he is the accompanist. The Rhodes is not an instrument capable of sustaining chords like a harmonium. See more »


Alice Brock: Take off those handcuffs!
Officer Obie: You're interfering in the performance of my duties.
Alice Brock: You're a meathead - haven't you play-acted cop enough for one day?
Officer Obie: This side is reserved for officers of the law and criminals.
Alice Brock: Pig-eyed idiot!
Officer Obie: Alice, I've had enough garbage for one day, yours and theirs.
Alice Brock: Stupid bastard!
Officer Obie: Alice...
Alice Brock: Cradle hopper!
Officer Obie: Alice!
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »


Songs To Aging Children
Composed by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Tigger Outlaw
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Don't buy it if you think it's about the song.
15 November 2002 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Those who write complaining that the movie isn't like the song are missing the point. The movie isn't about the song, nor is the movie supposed to be based around the song. The movie merely includes the song - and some events in Arlo Guthrie's life in the 1960s. Get over the fixation about the song and you might begin to see what the movie is about.

Alice's Restaurant is about life and loss, and the traps we allow ourselves to get caught up in. It's about addiction, youth, anarchy, death, and aimlessness. It's a celebration and a lament for all those things.

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