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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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Taglines:

Where the heads of all nations meet 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It is said that the song "Alice's Restaurant" is as long as the length of tape erased from the President'Richard M. Nixon' Watergate tapes; 18:34. See more »

Goofs

According to a published newspaper account of the incident at the time, as well as Officer Obie's own account much later, the envelope that provided the clue to the litterbugs had Ray Brock's name on, not Arlo's. See more »

Quotes

Arlo: Group W is where they put ya if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committin' your special crime. There was all kinds of mean, nasty ugly-lookin' people on the bench there. There was mother rapers... father stabbers... father rapers... Father rapers! Sittin' right there on the bench next to me!
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Songs to Aging Children
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Tigger Outlaw (uncredited)
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The First Full-Length Motion Picture Music Video?
29 May 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

ALICE'S Restaurant (3+ outta 5 stars) Maybe not one of the best movies of the '60s but it is definitely worth checking out... as a sort of time capsule if nothing else. This was an "establishment" movie designed to cash in the popularity of the then-popular folk song by Arlo Guthrie. They got Arlo to star as himself... as well as several of his actual friends and acquaintances of the time... even the actual police officer who arrested him for the incident described in the song. Considering its mercenary intent the movie is a lot better than it has any right to be. This may not be one of director Arthur Penn's best movies but he definitely gets the most out of the concept. Guthrie now says that the movie is more of a version of what the straight world *thought* the hippie movement was all about rather than what it was *actually* about... with that in mind the movie still paints a pretty good picture of the times. Guthrie is a low-key performer but he definitely has some screen charisma... resembling a baby-faced Bob Dylan at times. This could be considered one of the first full-length motion picture music videos.


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