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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
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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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Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Courante
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
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Excellent Documentary
26 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bill W. is a great documentary and very informative. I learned a lot about Bill Wilson that I didn't know beforehand. I have a new appreciation for Alcoholics Anonymous and the man who helped start the 12 step movement that has saved thousands of lives. The actual audio of Bill Wilson talking along with the original images made the film that much more real. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD to see what treasurers might be included that had to be cut so as not to make it too long. Definitely a documentary that I will watch again. The screening I attended was sold out. I was grateful to attend a night in which the director Kevin Hanlon was there for Q&A.


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