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

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Bill Wilson ...
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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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Excellent Documentary
24 December 2012 | by (Gurnee, IL) – See all my reviews

The film is well done. It was well researched and organized. It is as good a documentary as "The Thin Blue Line," "The Fog of War" or "American Movie." It is one of my top 10 favorite movies. I am an active AA member and a fan of documentaries. I first this film at Chicago's Century Centre Cinema and then at a community college screening with the director present for Q&A. Then, I bought the DVD. There is a big backstory and lore to the AA movement that many of us in AA were not even aware of. For example, Kevin Hanlon interviewed Ernest Kurtz, author of Not-God, a doctoral dissertation and a definitive work on AA history. Few people in AA get beyond AA's basic text, Alcoholics Anonymous. The film can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in documentaries, but it will have special significance for AA members. And, it had to be made by an outsider. AA itself could never have internally agreed to make this film. It is great to have this bit of history pulled together in a balanced manner.


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