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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 ...
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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Comedy | Drama


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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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After discovering that the character "Officer Obie" was modeled after him, actual Stockbridge (Massachusetts) Sheriff William Obanhein demanded that he play the role himself. His reason: "If anyone is going to make a fool out of me, it might as well be me!" See more »


The Joni Mitchell classic "Songs to Aging Children Come" is sung at the funeral. However, this song was released in 1969, the same year as the movie, whereas the movie portrayed events in 1965. 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 Darkwing Duck: Malice's Restaurant (1992) See more »


Songs To Aging Children
Composed by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Tigger Outlaw
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More than just a hippie flick.
10 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

After seeing all the negative criticism, I just had to say a few words in the films defence. ALICE'S RESTAURANT is unconventionally produced, but it DEFINITELY has themes running through out it.. It deals with some profound issues about the era, particularly the concept of the pursuit of happieness. Note the significant change in tone in the last section: The marriage ceremony and party at the end brilliantly convey the idea of the characters trying to "be free" and have a good time, but that if there is aimlessness in your life, there will be a sadness there and you won't know were it is comming from. True, it also helps if you like folk music (witch I do). I found the scenes of Arlo by his father Woody's bed side quite touching, especially when he is performing with Pete Seagar. And of course, seeing the ALICE'S RESTUARANT MASSECREE acted out is delightful.

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