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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  30 April 1989 (USA)
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Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Dr. Jeremy Partlin, Administrator of Elmwood Sanitarium
Ray Reinhardt ...
Dr. Silkworth, Alcoholic Specialist at Towns Hospital
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Rick Warner ...
Bill Dotson, Drunk in hospital
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Fred, AA Member
Susan Duchow ...
Adele Gentry, Manager of Childrens ware in Dept. Store
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Charley
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Guy Kolb, Lois' boss at Dept. Store
William Aylward ...
Controller (as Bill Aylward)
Richard Travis ...
Stockquoter
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Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support group that would eventually become Alcoholics Anonymous. Written by Humberto Amador

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30 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3)  »

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Lois 'Lo' Wilson: How are you feeling?
Bill Wilson: Alright, I guess.
Lois 'Lo' Wilson: Can I ask you something? I guess I've been afraid... does it have anything to do with me? Your drinking?
Bill Wilson: No. It's not you. It's me.
Lois 'Lo' Wilson: Why? Why do you do it to yourself?
Bill Wilson: I've been standing here all afternoon asking myself the same question. Why? I look out the window and I watch all the normal people walking by. It's funny, I don't think I've ever felt really normal all my life... I mean like other people. I feel different, somehow. Like I don't quite measure...
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excellent
25 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Not much to add to the hugely favorable consensus here about this made-for-tv-movie, so I will just echo what has been said. Good story about a vitally important organization, the man that founded it and how he did so. Good acting all around, good writing, and good direction.

Well worth seeing, not just as a docudrama, but as a well-crafted piece of cinema.


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