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Bill W. (2012)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Biography, History  |  18 May 2012 (USA)
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A documentary about Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Bill Wilson ...
Himself (voice)
Dr. Bob ...
Himself (voice)
Blake J. Evans ...
Chris Gates ...
Dennis Lowell ...
Hank Parkhurst
Julia Schell ...
Denis McKeown
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Ruth Hock
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Lenore Pershing ...
Max Owens ...
Ron Nagle ...
Bill's Grandfather
Laura Kauffmann ...
Martha Deane
Patrick Kleeman ...
Bill's Armistice Day Friend
Francis Stallings ...
Kathleen Parkhurst
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William G. Wilson is co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women - a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world. Written by page 124 productions

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Passionately Appreciated
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Yes ~ I can't say enough Good. As one other reviewer mentioned, I experience the same ~ impossible not to be a bit biased since I am passionate about the material ... and the man.

The film needs to be around More, in the theatres. I'd see it again ... and bring a bandwagon. The acting was great and I liked the way the Facts were conveyed. William Griffith Wilson was not a saint, in the sense that he was not perfect ... like each of us are not ~ but I put him in the same category as Martin Luther King, Buddha, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Echart Tolle, Earnest Holmes, Joseph Campbell, Jesus Christ, et. al.

The man was brilliant, and he accomplished the impossible: creating the Way of the 12 steps after being sober only a short few years ... and include meditation (!) and making the whole deal such a simple process ~ that works for anyone, I think, willing to do it. I felt such sadness for him, that he was not able to truly benefit from what was created, like any 'regular member'.


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