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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
Career-best performance by James Woods as the founder of A.A., 26 December 2001
Author: Carl Halling from United Kingdom
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.
14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
There is a solution, 7 April 2003
Author: jespereilertsen from Copenhagen, Denmark
This movie carries a great message, and I was deeply touched by the story
the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. It's an important historic treasure
being preserved in a true and respectful film.
The story is straightforward and strong and gives and honest impression of
the pioneers of AA.
Let this movie carry the message too.. There is a solution.. ;-)
If you liked this one - watch "Pay it forward" - a wonderful movie with a similar theme.
15 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Insightful movie; incredible experience, 15 November 2004
I was a partly-involved spectator during the filming of the movie, and
it was an incredible experience. The quality of the actors was usurped
only by their unending interest in the story of Bill W and the
important message they were delivering.
James Garner and James Woods were intensely focused on keeping the story of Dr. bob and Bill as true to form as possible. Jo Beth Williams played Lois Wilson incredibly well; first as a confused wife with no options and a drunkard husband; then as a strong willed but understanding partner for life.
If anyone has a loved one or knows of a friend whose life is impacted by an alcoholic, then this movie is both an eye opener and an inspiration to keep trying to find a way to fight and deal with the disease.
16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Why is this out of print?, 15 May 2005
Author: Charles Tomaras from United States
Message to the rights holders of this fine film: Why is this out of
print and selling used for between $35 and 70$? How about another run
of this...maybe this time on DVD?
I've found it to be one of the best and only movies to deal with Alchoholics anonymous and a must have for any member of AA and anyone wanting to share the experience with others.
Since I need to have at least 10 lines of text to post here I guess I'm just gonna keep typing even though I'm completely out of things to say. My name is Charlie T and I'd rather not share today but I am being forced.
Thankfully...this is my 10th line of text!
11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
James Woods excels in this., 28 December 2003
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada
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.
10 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
I channel surfed onto it and couldn't leave, plus add'l info, 2 September 2002
Author: Walt-11 from New England
This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. James Woods won the lead actor in a special or miniseries Emmy for this. James Garner's role is quite small, but key. This movie wisely spends most of its time with Bill W before the AA formation to give us a strong sense of the long hell that he lived before he found his answers. It is about him more than about AA. A very intelligent, well written, well acted, important story.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Excellent, 14 March 2002
Author: Granada321 from Los Angeles, Ca. USA
This is an Excellent movie showing how AA started and how it works. It Shows non AA people how the program works. The two actors who played Bill and Bob are very believable as recovering alcoholics too. I wish everyone would watch this movie so they could see how the program works and so they would understand why people want to go to meetings the rest of their lives.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
An excellent review of the founding of AA, 10 February 1999
Author: (email@example.com) from Sacramento, CA, USA
This is the story of the founding of the organization Alcoholics Anonymous. I am acquainted with two people who knew Bill W (the main character in the movie) and they say that they believe this is an accurate depiction of the events shown in it.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A definite must see for anybody who is in a 12 Step Program, 7 February 2006
Author: garyhu from Canada
Hi, my name is Gary H. and I am a recovering addict/alcoholic, amongst
other things ... I have been clean and sober for over 10 years now and
watching Bill W. helped me get a better insight of what and how the
program was started. I choose and chose to break a certain part of my
own anonymity as I am writing this review, so that you may know really
of what I thought and how I really feel about this movie.
Bill W., was a very stirring and sensitively portrayed movie as James Woods took on the role of Bill W. His performance was second to none and I don't think anyone else could have portrayed Bill W.'s part any better and James Garner made an excellent Dr. Bob. Many times as I was watching this film I really related to both Bill W and Dr. Bob which shows the level of acting of these two fine performers.
I have the utmost respect and admiration of this movie as it was well performed and having been in a 12 Step Program for over 15 years now. In addition to having the knowledge of Bill W's life and teachings as well as Dr. Bob's story this wonderful Program of AA and the many other fellowships that have sprung up to help the addict/alcoholic who is still suffering. After visually watching this movie I found a greater peace and understanding that I never realized before and that I am not alone.
Thanks to the Grace of God, that Bill W. was there to have such a tremendous story to tell and how he and Dr. Bob help create the fellowship of AA. And thanks to the people who decided to create this project that James Woods and James Garner have immortalized forever. In twenty-five (25 words or less) ... "It's a Classic!"
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
excellent, 25 September 2002
Author: Robert D. Ruplenas
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
a vitally important organization, the man that founded it and how he did
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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