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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Patricia Quinn ...
Alice (as Pat Quinn)
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Ray
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Pete Seeger
Lee Hays ...
Lee Hays
Michael McClanathan ...
Shelly
Geoff Outlaw ...
Roger
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Mari-chan
Kathleen Dabney ...
Karin
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Officer Obie
Seth Allen ...
Evangelist
Monroe Arnold ...
Blueglass
Joseph Boley ...
Vinnette Carroll ...
Draft Clerk
Sylvia Davis ...
Marjorie
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Storyline

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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20 August 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El restaurante de Alicia  »

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$6,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Patricia Quinn. See more »

Goofs

According to a published newspaper account of the incident at the time, as well as Officer Obie's own account much later, the envelope that provided the clue to the litterbugs had Ray Brock's name on, not Arlo's. See more »

Quotes

Arlo Guthrie: Just what I've always wanted.
Alice Brock: A restaurant?
Arlo Guthrie: No, a friend with a restaurant.
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Connections

Referenced in Darkwing Duck: Malice's Restaurant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Peer Gynt
(1876) (uncredited)
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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User Reviews

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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