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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

 -  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

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

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$6,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Arlo Guthrie's costume in the party scene is meant to be the King of Cups from a pack of tarot cards. See more »

Goofs

Throughout most of the scenes in the movie the length of Arlo's hair keeps changing lengths. In one scene Arlo's hair is long to his shoulders and in the next scene is hair is short to his collar, vice versa. See more »

Quotes

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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Boiling Cabbage Down
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Performed by James Broderick
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the '60s, ladies and gentlemen
18 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

First of all, I have to admit that I did not experience the '60s; I was born long after they were over. My parents grew up in the '60s, so I've learned about that era from them, and from various other sources. But obviously, I can't truly understand what happened. "Alice's Restaurant" is one of the great records of the era. And a really funny one at that.

Arlo Guthrie plays himself trying to avoid getting drafted. The police arrest him for having long hair, and the army forces him into a recruiting center. In the recruiting center, they force him to walk around in his underwear. As an act of defiance, he declares: "I wanna see blood 'n' guts 'n' gore 'n' veins! I wanna kill, man!" Of course Arlo's favorite hang-out is Alice Brock's restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. That place could be the embodiment of the whole 1960s.

Anyway, "Alice's Restaurant" is nowadays a look back at when the country's youth were fighting for a better future (people who lived through the '60s would probably object to how I said that). And in the Bush era, we really long for that.

By the way, I saw Arlo Guthrie in concert when he came to Portland in 1998, and then again in 2004. Both concerts were great.


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