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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

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



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Quinn ...
Alice Brock (as Pat Quinn)
Ray Brock
Pete Seeger
Lee Hays ...
Lee Hays - Reverend at Evangelical Meeting
Michael McClanathan ...
Geoff Outlaw ...
Roger Crowther
Kathleen Dabney ...
William Obanhein - 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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Film debut of Patricia Quinn. See more »


32'45'': Flipped shot: the bulb is on Officer Obie's right, and the word "chief" on Obie's hat appears like in a mirror. Two shots later, the bulb is on the left, and the hat reads "chief" in normal letters. See more »


Arlo Guthrie: Group W is where they putcha if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committin' your special crime. There was all kinds of mean, nasty ugly-lookin' people on the bench there. There was mother rapers... father stabbers... father rapers... Father rapers! Sittin' right there on the bench next to me!
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The #1 Thanksgiving Movie
7 December 2002 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

I remember back in the 80s my Mom rented this movie and from the cover and title I didn't think I'd like it. Not only did I like it, but I now watch it every Thanksgiving season. I've always liked Arlo Guthrie's music and the soundtrack is excellent, featuring the title track which tells this true story. It's quite a fun movie, laced with moments of very serious elements like Woody, Arlo's dad, in the hospital. The scene in the hospital with Arlo and Pete Seeger singing the Car Car song to Woody in the hospital was very heartwarming. The characters are all colorful and enjoyable to watch and very typical of the folk scene in the late 60s, just before I was born.

***1/2 (Out of 4)

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