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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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Adele Gentry, Manager of Childrens ware in Dept. Store
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Guy Kolb, Lois' boss at Dept. Store
William Aylward ...
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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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Career-best performance by James Woods as the founder of A.A.
26 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

James Woods puts in the most magnetic performance of his career in this stunning neglected classic. Normally known as a tough guy, Woods is profoundly affecting, and heartrendingly vulnerable as the charming and brilliant young stockbroker who succumbs to alcoholism, before going on to found AA, and help so many to find the strength to stay sober. It is wonderfully well directed, but of course the subject matter would prevent it from being a "classic" in the commercial sense. Artistically however, it is a triumph, well-paced and almost hypnotically powerful, with an Oscar-meriting performance.


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