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Bill W. (2012)

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A documentary about Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Wilson ...
Himself (voice)
Dr. Bob ...
Himself (voice)
Blake J. Evans ...
Chris Gates ...
Dennis Lowell ...
Hank Parkhurst
Julia Schell ...
Denis McKeown
Ruth Hock
Lenore Pershing ...
Max Owens ...
Ron Nagle ...
Bill's Grandfather
Laura Kauffmann ...
Martha Deane
Patrick Kleeman ...
Bill's Armistice Day Friend
Francis Stallings ...
Kathleen Parkhurst


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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Intimate Bioigraphy of a Hero
9 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this film, but my view is skewed. The emotional link for those of us in recovery is deep, and the effect of watching it reminded me of visiting Akron for AA "Founder's Day"; not unlike a pilgrimage. The footage and photos I've never seen before of these historical figures were riveting. The music, stunning. The whole thing was well thought out, sequenced, and presented, and gave me a few surprises. The dramatized segments were effective, with excellently done costumes, hair, sets, and lighting. I am, however, a stickler for continuity and was disappointed (like nails on a chalkboard disappointed) in the wrong decade chairs used for the banquet meetings, not to mention the plastic name tag holders that weren't in common usage back then. That's my only beef with this otherwise well presented piece. I laughed and I cried. Thanks so much for this important work.

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