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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Arlo Guthrie (song), Venable Herndon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arlo Guthrie ... Arlo
Patricia Quinn ... Alice (as Pat Quinn)
James Broderick ... Ray
Pete Seeger ... Pete Seeger
Lee Hays Lee Hays ... Lee Hays
Michael McClanathan ... Shelly
Geoff Outlaw Geoff Outlaw ... Roger
Tina Chen ... Mari-chan
Kathleen Dabney Kathleen Dabney ... Karin
William Obanhein ... Officer Obie
Seth Allen Seth Allen ... Evangelist
Monroe Arnold Monroe Arnold ... Blueglass
Joseph Boley ... Woody
Vinnette Carroll Vinnette Carroll ... Draft Clerk
Sylvia Davis Sylvia Davis ... Marjorie
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Storyline

Arlo Guthrie's song is converted into a motion picture. Arlo goes to see Alice for Thanksgivng and as a favor takes her trash to the dump. When the dump is closed, he drops it on top of another pile of garbage at the bottom of a ravine. When the local sheriff finds out a major manhunt begins. Arlo manages to survive the courtroom experience but it haunts him when he is to be inducted into the army via the draft. The movie follows the song with Arlo's voice over as both music and narration. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Every Generation Has A Story To Tell. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El restaurante de Alicia See more »

Filming Locations:

Lenox, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Elkins Entertainment,Florin See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although many people regarded Arlo Guthrie's recording of "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" to be fiction, Arthur Penn, who owns a home in Stockbridge where the story takes place, realized it was for the most part based on events that had actually taken place. Therefore, what appears to be a continuity problem is in fact a correct representation of the facts. The movie portrays the actual photos used as evidence at the trial. The real life "blind judge" in Guthrie's song, "Judge James Hannon", also plays himself (James Hannon) in the film. See more »

Goofs

Arlo and Roger drive to the police station in Arlo's van, whereupon they immediately get arrested. However, after Alice bails them out, they ride away in the back of Alice's car, prompting the question, what happened to the van? See more »

Quotes

Girl: [as Arlo leads donkey into the church] You can ride him to Canada!
Boy: [about to be drafted] Been wondering how to get my ass across the border.
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Connections

Referenced in Darkwing Duck: Malice's Restaurant (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Songs to Aging Children
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Tigger Outlaw (uncredited)
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User Reviews

More than just a hippie flick.
10 January 2002 | by googlemorfSee all my reviews

After seeing all the negative criticism, I just had to say a few words in the films defence. ALICE'S RESTAURANT is unconventionally produced, but it DEFINITELY has themes running through out it.. It deals with some profound issues about the era, particularly the concept of the pursuit of happieness. Note the significant change in tone in the last section: The marriage ceremony and party at the end brilliantly convey the idea of the characters trying to "be free" and have a good time, but that if there is aimlessness in your life, there will be a sadness there and you won't know were it is comming from. True, it also helps if you like folk music (witch I do). I found the scenes of Arlo by his father Woody's bed side quite touching, especially when he is performing with Pete Seagar. And of course, seeing the ALICE'S RESTUARANT MASSECREE acted out is delightful.


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