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

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Bill Wilson: Thank you again, Smithie. For everything.
Dr. Robert 'Dr. Bob' Holbrook Smith: No. You got that backwards, Billy. I owe you to death.
Bill Wilson: Remember the very first day? "Make it snappy," you said. "I'll give you fifteen minutes." We talked for six hours. How far we've come together.
Dr. Robert 'Dr. Bob' Holbrook Smith: And brought a lot of people along with us.
Bill Wilson: A hundred thousand as I reckon.
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James Woods excels in this.
28 December 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful heartfelt story of the founding of AA, focusing on the life of Bill Wilson both before and after recovery. Here James Woods gives an amazingly vulnerable performance as a man who cannot get sober and it is one of his best. The rendition of the founding of AA comes across as true due to its understatement. No apocalyptic two by fours, almost an accidental discovery of the way out of a seemingly impossible state of mind and body. Very moving and believable. Kudos to all involved. A masterpiece. 8 out of 10.


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