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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:

Every Generation Has A Story To Tell. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The real Alice Brock turned down the chance to play herself in the film. She wasn't a professional actress and felt that there was no reason to recreate for film what she had already done in real life. See more »

Goofs

Throughout most of the scenes in the movie the length of Arlo's hair keeps changing lengths. In one scene Arlo's hair is long to his shoulders and in the next scene is hair is short to his collar, vice versa. See more »

Quotes

Arlo: Just what I've always wanted.
Alice: A restaurant?
Arlo: No, a friend with a restaurant.
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Soundtracks

Peer Gynt
(1876) (uncredited)
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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User Reviews

 
One groovy flick
18 August 2005 | by j-knutssonSee all my reviews

This excellent film was written by my late screen writing teacher Venable Herndon, but I saw it and fell in love with it long before I took his class.

It manages to be both good humored and effortlessly profound at the same time. The recruitment scenes are hysterically funny. I miss movies with this laid-back quality. A lot of people are adverse to this type of loose narrative structure, but since almost every flick and TV show has such a rigid structure why can't the rest of us have a couple of films to ourselves.

The final shot of Alice's Restaurant with all its beautiful ambiguity has affected me more than the final shot of the "Searchers" every time I've seen it. It manages to celebrate something and take it with a grain of salt at the same time. Hurrah for the director of photography!

A beautiful trip all round.


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