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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Sam
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Joel Clements
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Dorothy
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Priest
Ayn Ruymen ...
Jan
Mimi Saffian ...
Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards ...
Chris
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Alice
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Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick ...
Ted
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Bill
Michael Morgan ...
Tim
Gary Marsh ...
Tom
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Doris (as Mackinzie Phillips)
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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Alice: Richie says parents always notice missing booze, but never pills or cash. He says that shows where their heads are at.
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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 »

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Do You Know What I Mean?
Music and Lyrics by Lee Michaels
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I never did drugs because of this movie!
27 September 2006 | by (Tennessee, United States) – See all my reviews

I hope the movie is released one of these days because it would definitely bring back memories. I have not seen it since I was in Junior High School in the late '70's (they used to show it at school, perhaps as a scare tactic) but I still remember the book and the movie as having a profound influence on why I never touched drugs. I now understand this was not a true story but at the time I couldn't get over "Alice's" story and the consequences of using drugs. I still own a copy of the book and re-read it from time to time. I would love to see the movie again but wouldn't be surprised if I found it very dated and wonder why it affected me so much back then.


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