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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
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Dr. Silkworth, Alcoholic Specialist at Towns Hospital
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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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Bill Wilson: It's like any journey, Fred. It begins with the first step.
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This film is available on DVD through Amazon
11 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prior comment notes that this film is out of print. I found it on sale at amazon.com for $13.99 DVD brand new. Performances are outstanding. Gratitude to the producers and H.P. for getting this film back on the market. I found the film to be an excellent source for my work with persons who have the diseases of alcoholism and addiction. Repeating to get the 10 lines of text. Prior comment notes that this film is out of print. I found it on sale at amazon.com for $13.99 DVD brand new. Performances are outstanding. Gratitude to the producers and H.P. for getting this film back on the market. I found the film to be an excellent source for my work with persons who have the diseases of alcoholism and addiction. 08/12/09


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