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 ...
William Obanhein ...
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 <>

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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?


Although many people regarded Arlo Guthrie's recording of "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" to be fiction, Arthur Penn, who owns a home in Stockbridge where the story takes place, realized it was for the most part based on events that had actually taken place. Therefore, what appears to be a continuity problem is in fact a correct representation of the facts. The movie portrays the actual photos used as evidence at the trial. The real life "blind judge" in Guthrie's song, "Judge James Hannon", also plays himself (James Hannon) in the film. See more »


In the scene where Pete Seeger is singing in the Woody's hospital room, you can hear Pete's voice before he opens his mouth. See more »


Arlo Guthrie: Just what I've always wanted.
Alice Brock: A restaurant?
Arlo Guthrie: No, a friend with a restaurant.
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »


Songs To Aging Children
Composed by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Tigger Outlaw
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The First Full-Length Motion Picture Music Video?
29 May 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

ALICE'S Restaurant (3+ outta 5 stars) Maybe not one of the best movies of the '60s but it is definitely worth checking out... as a sort of time capsule if nothing else. This was an "establishment" movie designed to cash in the popularity of the then-popular folk song by Arlo Guthrie. They got Arlo to star as himself... as well as several of his actual friends and acquaintances of the time... even the actual police officer who arrested him for the incident described in the song. Considering its mercenary intent the movie is a lot better than it has any right to be. This may not be one of director Arthur Penn's best movies but he definitely gets the most out of the concept. Guthrie now says that the movie is more of a version of what the straight world *thought* the hippie movement was all about rather than what it was *actually* about... with that in mind the movie still paints a pretty good picture of the times. Guthrie is a low-key performer but he definitely has some screen charisma... resembling a baby-faced Bob Dylan at times. This could be considered one of the first full-length motion picture music videos.

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