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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

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

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(song), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Patricia Quinn ...
Alice Brock (as Pat Quinn)
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Ray Brock
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Pete Seeger
Lee Hays ...
Lee Hays - Reverend at Evangelical Meeting
Michael McClanathan ...
Shelly
Geoff Outlaw ...
Roger Crowther
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Mari-chan
Kathleen Dabney ...
Karin
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William Obanhein - 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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Every Generation Has A Story To Tell. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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20 August 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El restaurante de Alicia  »

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Box Office

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$6,300,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Patricia Quinn. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Arlo Guthrie: What funny smell?
[covering up the weed box]
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Connections

Featured in Arthur Penn (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Car-Car Song
Written by Woody Guthrie
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One groovy flick
18 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This excellent film was written by my late screen writing teacher Venable Herndon, but I saw it and fell in love with it long before I took his class.

It manages to be both good humored and effortlessly profound at the same time. The recruitment scenes are hysterically funny. I miss movies with this laid-back quality. A lot of people are adverse to this type of loose narrative structure, but since almost every flick and TV show has such a rigid structure why can't the rest of us have a couple of films to ourselves.

The final shot of Alice's Restaurant with all its beautiful ambiguity has affected me more than the final shot of the "Searchers" every time I've seen it. It manages to celebrate something and take it with a grain of salt at the same time. Hurrah for the director of photography!

A beautiful trip all round.


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