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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore -- Ellen Burstyn won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in this memorable comedy-drama about a widowed mother suddenly
forced to take charge of her own life.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore -- A recently widowed woman on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.


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Release Date:
30 May 1975 (France) See more »
A picture for anyone who has ever dreamed of a second chance!
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mia Bendixsen ... Alice - Age 8

Ellen Burstyn ... Alice Hyatt

Alfred Lutter III ... Tommy (as Alfred Lutter)

Billy Green Bush ... Donald
Lelia Goldoni ... Bea
Ola Moore ... Old Woman

Harry Northup ... Joe & Jim's Bartender
Marty Brinton ... Lenny (as Martin Brinton)
Dean Casper ... Chicken
Murray Moston ... Jacobs

Harvey Keitel ... Ben
Lane Bradbury ... Rita

Diane Ladd ... Flo

Vic Tayback ... Mel

Valerie Curtin ... Vera

Kris Kristofferson ... David

Jodie Foster ... Audrey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Adams ... Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Thelma Allen ... Bartender - Jacob's Bar (uncredited)
Jackie Bridges ... Owner of Country Western Bar (uncredited)
Jefferson Burstyn ... Harold - Neighbor Boy (uncredited)
Tami Conner ... Mother (uncredited)
Steve DeFrance ... Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)

Laura Dern ... Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)

Jan Eddy ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Madonna Fercier ... Lady at Yard Sale (uncredited)
Albert J. Gianelloni ... Dusty (uncredited)
Arnold Herzstein ... Man Outside the House (uncredited)
Helen E. Hintz ... Lady at Bathroom Door (uncredited)
Walter J. Johnson ... Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Henry Kendrick ... Music Store Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Kennedy ... Lou - Owner of Piano Bar (uncredited)
Lambert Marks ... Bea's Husband (uncredited)
Duke Robbins ... Man at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Don Starr ... Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Molly Starr ... Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Tiny Wells ... Hurricane Bar Owner (uncredited)
Bob Westmoreland ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Robert Getchell (written by)

Produced by
Audrey Maas .... producer
David Susskind .... producer
Sandra Weintraub .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Kent L. Wakeford (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marcia Lucas 
Production Design by
Toby Carr Rafelson 
Makeup Department
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup
Production Management
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Kusley .... second assistant director (as Mike Kusley)
Mike Moder .... assistant director
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Ed Aiona)
John Sexton .... assistant prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Parker .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Conley .... key grip (as Tom Conley)
Bill Curtis .... gaffer
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Reynaldo Villalobos .... first camera assistant (as Ray Villalobos)
William Davis .... second camera assistant (uncredited)
Ed Kennedy .... best boy (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Pat O'Mara .... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dave Wardlow .... best boy (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Jim Martell .... outer casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Barbara Miller .... casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Alan Shayne .... casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia De Martino .... wardrobe: women
Lambert Marks .... wardrobe: men's
Editorial Department
Carroll Timothy O'Meara .... assistant editor (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Music Department
Richard LaSalle .... composer: additional original music
Transportation Department
Gary Paulsen .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Larry Cohen .... production executive (as Lawrence Cohen)
Lawrence D. Cohen .... production executive (as Lawrence Cohen)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title by
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Kathie Green .... voice (uncredited)
Cinnamon Leavitt .... secretary to director (uncredited)
George Memmoli .... voice (uncredited)
William Smith .... location auditor (uncredited)
Vernon White .... publicist (uncredited)
Harry Zubrinsky .... location manager (uncredited)
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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (cinema rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Ellen Burstyn often drew on her own experiences, including her relationship with her son, Jefferson, who travelled with her on location wherever she was working and was a young teen at the time of production. He plays the son of her neighbour and best friend of Tommy in the opening sequences set in Socorro, New Mexico. She would tell Martin Scorsese about conversations and incidents between her and her son, as well as things that happened off camera with Lutter, and he would include them in various scenes.See more »
Continuity: While David and Alice are arguing in the restaurant, the plate on the tray Alice is holding shifts from one side of the tray to the other, and back again between shots.See more »
Tommy:Mom, are we in Arizona yet?
Alice:If you ask me that one more time, I'm gonna beat you to death. Just sit back there and relax and enjoy life, huh?
Tommy:Life is short.
Alice:So are you.
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Burstyn Is One of the Greats, 30 September 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Ellen Burstyn could play a tree stump and make it interesting. She's one of the unsung heroes of post-studio cinema. At a time when meaty women's roles were becoming more and more scarce, Burstyn was fighting for and winning one great part after another. She's probably never been better than she is here, though she showed tremendous range in "Same Time, Next Year" and gave one of the most heartbreakingly harrowing performances I've ever seen as recently as 2000, in "Requiem for a Dream." Women's picture and Martin Scorsese are not two phrases that would seem to be tailor made for each other, but a terrific women's picture is exactly what Scorsese gives us with "Alice..." Though I hate using the term women's picture, as if men can't enjoy stories about women, or as if women's pictures are isolated from the rest of "real" movies. Actually and ironically, maybe it was Scorsese's penchant for the tough-guy milieu that made him so right for this film, because "Alice" doesn't suffer from the burn-your-bra self-righteousness of other women's lib movies of its era, like "Un Unmarried Woman." These other films ultimately feel phony, because they were created for the most part by men, who, however noble their intentions, simply didn't have an understanding for the material. But Scorsese gets the character of Alice, and Burstyn knows exactly what she's doing. So the conflict isn't between Alice and the male world, but between the Alice who doesn't have the confidence to be anything other than a doormat and the Alice who wants to make a life for herself on her own terms.

There are some hilarious scenes between Alice and her son in this film, most particularly the scenes of them driving to California (like when Alice calls him Hellen Keller because he keeps asking "what?" to everything she says). Also, a subplot about the evolving friendship between Alice and Flo (played by Diane Ladd) becomes one of the film's highlights, not in the least because both actresses handle it expertly.

This is a winner, and must be seen by anyone who thinks Scorses is out of his element anywhere but the mean streets of NYC.

Grade: A

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