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Director:
Writers:
Arlo Guthrie (song)
Venable Herndon (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 August 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Where the heads of all nations meet See more »
Plot:
A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Uneven mix of comedy and drama in late 60's time capsule. See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arlo Guthrie ... Arlo Guthrie
Patricia Quinn ... Alice Brock (as Pat Quinn)

James Broderick ... Ray Brock

Pete Seeger ... Himself
Lee Hays ... Himself - Reverend at Evangelical Meeting
Michael McClanathan ... Shelly
Geoff Outlaw ... Roger Crowther

Tina Chen ... Mari-chan
Kathleen Dabney ... Karin
William Obanhein ... Himself - Officer Obie
Seth Allen ... Evangelist
Monroe Arnold ... Blueglass
Joseph Boley ... Woody Guthrie
Vinnette Carroll ... Draft Clerk
Sylvia Davis ... Marjorie Guthrie
Simm Landres ... Private Jacob / Jake
Eulalie Noble ... Ruth
Louis Beachner ... Dean
MacIntyre Dixon ... 1st Deconsecration Minister
Arthur Pierce Middleton ... 2nd Deconsecration Minister (as Rev. Dr. Pierce Middleton)
Donald Marye ... Funeral Director
Shelley Plimpton ... Reenie

M. Emmet Walsh ... Group W Sergeant
Ron Weyand ... Cop #1 (as Ronald Weyand)
Eleanor D. Wilson ... Landlady (as Eleanor Wilson)

Neil Brooks Cunningham ... Medic (as Simon Deckard)
Thomas De Wolfe ... Waiter (as Thomas DeWolfe)
James Hannon ... Himself (as Judge James Hannon)
Graham Jarvis ... Music Teacher
John E. Quill ... Cop #2 (as John Quill)
Frank Simpson ... Sergeant
Alice Brock ... Suzy

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
 
Writing credits
Arlo Guthrie (song The Alice's Restaurant Massacree)

Venable Herndon (screenplay) and
Arthur Penn (screenplay)

Produced by
Hillard Elkins .... producer
Harold Leventhal .... associate producer
Joseph Manduke .... producer (as Joe Manduke)
 
Original Music by
Arlo Guthrie 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Nebbia 
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Production Design by
Warren Clymer 
 
Set Decoration by
John Mortensen 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Phil Naso .... hair stylist (as Philip Naso)
 
Production Management
Willard W. Goodman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William C. Gerrity .... first assistant director (as William Gerrity Jr.)
Frank Simpson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shelly Bartolini .... scenic artist (as Shelley Bartolini)
Merle Eckert .... chief carpenter
Thomas Wright .... property master
Robert Hart .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Abe Seidman .... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Stephen Fitzstephens .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Milton Olshin .... process projection
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Morton Gorowitz .... gaffer
Victor J. Kemper .... camera operator (as Victor Kemper)
Charles Kolb .... key grip
Muky .... still photographer (as "Muky")
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Gerald B. Greenberg .... associate film editor (as Gerald Greenberg)
Richard Marks .... assistant editor
Stephen A. Rotter .... assistant editor (as Stephen Rotter)
 
Music Department
Fred Hellerman .... musical director
Garry Sherman .... composer: additional music
Garry Sherman .... music arranger
Garry Sherman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Ed Bowes .... assistant to production
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Rhona Kane .... unit publicist
Diane Katz .... production secretary
Gene Lasko .... production associate
Bill Liberman .... assistant to production
Florence Nerlinger .... assistant to producer
Barbara Rittenberg .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Sweden:11 | USA:R (original rating) | USA:GP (edited for re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Tina Chen, who played Arlo Guthrie's on-screen girlfriend, wore an authentic Chinese dress that had belonged to her grandmother. When they wrapped up the shoot, the film crew put the dress in storage. She never got it back.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Although Arlo's mother says after Woody Guthrie's death that there will be "no funeral," a private funeral service was held the day after Woody died, after which he was cremated and his ashes scattered at Coney Island.See more »
Quotes:
Girl:[as Arlo leads donkey into the church] You can ride him to Canada!
Boy:[about to be drafted] Been wondering how to get my ass across the border.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Songs To Aging ChildrenSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
If Arlo Guthrie, Chief Obie, and Judge Hannon are played by their real selves, why is Arlo's father Woody played by another actor?
Who performed 'Songs to Aging Children Come' in the burial scene?
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Uneven mix of comedy and drama in late 60's time capsule., 15 October 2002
Author: misterjones from New York City

I had all but forgotten about the film of "Alice's Restaurant", which was inspired by (as opposed to based on) Arlo Guthrie's classic and comic song of the same name. Viewing it again on DVD made for a curious experience.

Midway through the film, director Arthur Penn (fresh off of "Bonnie and Clyde", I believe) literally shoots the events on which the song is based, and they are if anything even more amusing on screen than on record. However, anyone expecting the film itself to reflect this tone overall is in for a surprise.

By the time Arlo (playing himself) has his litter-inspired run-in with the draft board (which is, again, hilarious) we have come to know him as one of a commune-like group of people in Stockbridge which is more or less centered around Alice and Ray. The two live unconventionally with their friends in an unused Church. Alice seeks to add some stability to her life by opening a restaurant, which she does successfully with the help of friend Arlo's jingle. She and Arlo are the only members of their group who look beyond the aimless lifestyle of the members of their commune, who are content to meander through life riding motorcycles and getting stoned. We see Alice affected by the drug-inspired struggle and death of addict Shelley and Arlo affected by the long illness and eventual death of his father, Woody Guthrie. Perhaps their emotional connections to their lost loved ones are what clue them in to the shallowness of the lives around them. But if Arlo has his music to move on to, Alice is fairly glued to her life with the stoned-out Ray, their friends and her restaurant. It is with great sadness indeed that she watches Arlo ride off to resume his life on the road.

The point made about the trappings of the Hippie lifestyle being so unfulfilling are well ahead of their time when juxtaposed with other movies of the era and are actually quite haunting. The problem is that they make the wonderful recapping of the events surrounding Arlo's writing of the song seem out of place. This shift in tone is never quite reconciled by director Penn, rendering the film more of a curiosity than a success.

In addition to the now-fabled Thanksgiving sequence, highlights include James Broderick's lively performance as Ray, Pat Quinn's understated one as Alice and Guthrie's ever present charm and humor. It is also a wonderful bonus to see Arlo perform his father's "Pastures of Plenty" and "Car Song" with the wonderful Pete Seeger. (That's folk music producer Harold Leventhal as Woody's manager.) The film itself is ultimately as ramshackle as the group whose story it tells, but if the era means anything to you you will find it worth watching.

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