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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Arlo Guthrie's co-defendant in the littering incident actually was named Richard (Ricky) Rhodes, a local 19-year-old (Guthrie was 18 at the time). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Boiling Cabbage Down
  • traditional (uncredited)



Performed by James Broderick
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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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