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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

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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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Where the heads of all nations meet 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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$6,300,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Arlo and Roger drive to the police station in Arlo's van, whereupon they immediately get arrested. However, after Alice bails them out, they ride away in the back of Alice's car, prompting the question, what happened to the van? See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Darkwing Duck: Malice's Restaurant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Car-Car Song
Written by Woody Guthrie
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Don't buy it if you think it's about the song.
15 November 2002 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Those who write complaining that the movie isn't like the song are missing the point. The movie isn't about the song, nor is the movie supposed to be based around the song. The movie merely includes the song - and some events in Arlo Guthrie's life in the 1960s. Get over the fixation about the song and you might begin to see what the movie is about.

Alice's Restaurant is about life and loss, and the traps we allow ourselves to get caught up in. It's about addiction, youth, anarchy, death, and aimlessness. It's a celebration and a lament for all those things.


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