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
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Although many people regarded Arlo Guthrie
's recording of "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" to be fiction, Arthur Penn
, who owns a home in Stockbridge where the story takes place, realized it was for the most part based on events that had actually taken place. Therefore, what appears to be a continuity problem is in fact a correct representation of the facts. The movie portrays the actual photos used as evidence at the trial. The real life "blind judge" in Guthrie's song, "Judge James Hannon", also plays himself (James Hannon
) in the film. See more
During the Thanksgiving after-dinner sequence. Everyone sings "Amazing Grace" accompanied by the sound of a harmonium. The camera pulls in to show Arlo playing a Fender Rhodes stage piano as if he is the accompanist.
The Rhodes is not an instrument capable of sustaining chords like a harmonium. See more
[approaching Arlo on the bench
Kid, what'd you get?
I didn't get nothin'. I had to pay fifty dollars, and pick up the garbage.
Referenced in Reflections of Evil
Composed by Edvard Grieg See more