Go Ask Alice (1973)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  24 January 1973 (USA)
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Inadvertently, a 14-year-old girl in the late American 1960's is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Clements
Ayn Ruymen ...
Mimi Saffian ...
Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards ...
Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick ...
Michael Morgan ...
Gary Marsh ...
Doris (as Mackinzie Phillips)


Fifteen year old Alice is a shy girl who is having problems relating to her parents, Sam and Dot. Her primary confidante is her diary. When the family moves for Sam's new job as a college English professor, Alice is not scared of leaving the familiar but rather scared of approaching the unfamiliar. She ends up striking a friendship with another shy girl, Beth, their bond being their shared outside status. But during a period of extended non-contact due to Beth's vacation during the summer, Alice finds herself in the company of the "in" crowd, including a college boy named Richie who becomes her boyfriend. They introduce her to drugs, which she likes as they make her feel less inhibited. She becomes addicted, taking uppers to cope with the downs associated with dealing with her parents, and downers to get off the drug induced highs. She abandons Beth, and continues her drug use as she begins to feel that is the only time she now feels happy, with all of them starting to push in order ... Written by Huggo

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A teenage girl's downward spiral into drug addiction. See more »







Release Date:

24 January 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Book, Go Ask Alice, which this movie is based on, was not a true story at all. The book is purported to be "A True Story" and "A Real Diary" of a 15-year old girl who becomes an accidental drug addict and then slips seamlessly into the 1970's drug scene, before dying much too young of an overdose, either accidentally or on purpose (no one really knows). The problem with this? The book was not a true story and was not a real diary, but rather a cautionary tail whipped up by the establishment to drive fear into the minds of naive teenagers. Think "After School Special" of the 1970's. The book is debunked on Snopes at snopes.com/language/literary/askalice See more »


When Alice is in the hospital drinking from the cup, she holds it with her palms since her fingers are bandaged. Then there's a close-up of the cup and she's cupping it and then palming it again in the next shot. See more »


Alice: Can you believe it? Stoned out of our minds, and my own parents can't tell the difference. How did they get to the age they are?
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Opening disclaimer: This motion picture is based on the authentic diary of a 15 year old American girl. The only alterations have been those necessitated by considerations of length and acceptability for family viewing. See more »


It Ain't Easy
Music and Lyrics by Ron Davies
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the walls are dripping, I can't come down...
27 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just kidding. I don't do drugs. But I do love this movie. I grew up believing the book Go Ask Alice was real and then to read on IMDB that it is a fake and written by some middle-aged woman...bummer. I watched this movie when it came on as a MOW (movie of the week for all of you who did not grow up in the 70s) and for years I was OBSESSED with finding it on video. I finally did in the spring of 1999. Now I'm not sure what my obsession was. I mean, I really liked this movie when I first watched it (I guess I was about eight) but I don't know why it had such an impression on me. I wish Jamie Smith-Jackson hadn't stopped acting. She is quite good in this movie. I read that she is married to Michael Ontkean. But, anyway, the movie is good and the performances (except for William 'Do I HAVE to do another take? What's wrong with the first one? Just because I didn't show ANY EMOTION WHATSOEVER...' Shatner) are good. I would like to see a remake of this movie. Eve Plumb (always under-rated IMHO) would be great as the mother. Even though this movie is (gulp!) THIRTY years old (that means I'm almost forty...nah, that can't be) it still holds up as to the dangers of experimenting with drugs. Alice and her friend have a pretty rough time of it on the road after running away. They encounter pill-pushing child molesters, eating out of garbage cans and Andy Griffith (a million light years from Mayberry and Aunt Bee) as a with-it preacher! BTW, the other movie I was obsessed with was She Lives! with Season Hubley and Desi Arnaz, Jr., also made in 1973. While I hardly ever watch Alice anymore (I do have it on VHS) I've watched She Lives! probably fifty times in the four years I have had it. I'd like to hear from others who have seen either of these movies.

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