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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arlo
Patricia Quinn ... Alice (as Pat Quinn)
... Ray
... Pete Seeger
Lee Hays ... Lee Hays
Michael McClanathan ... Shelly
Geoff Outlaw ... Roger
... Mari-chan
Kathleen Dabney ... Karin
... Officer Obie
Seth Allen ... Evangelist
Monroe Arnold ... Blueglass
Joseph Boley ... Woody
Vinnette Carroll ... Draft Clerk
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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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20 August 1969 (USA)  »

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El restaurante de Alicia  »

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$6,300,000
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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

The narration speaks of 27 8x10 color glossy photos, yet all the 8x10's shown are black and white. See more »

Quotes

Arlo: Girdles feel funny.
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Alice's Restaurant Massacree
Written by Arlo Guthrie
Performed by Arlo Guthrie (uncredited)
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the '60s, ladies and gentlemen
18 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I have to admit that I did not experience the '60s; I was born long after they were over. My parents grew up in the '60s, so I've learned about that era from them, and from various other sources. But obviously, I can't truly understand what happened. "Alice's Restaurant" is one of the great records of the era. And a really funny one at that.

Arlo Guthrie plays himself trying to avoid getting drafted. The police arrest him for having long hair, and the army forces him into a recruiting center. In the recruiting center, they force him to walk around in his underwear. As an act of defiance, he declares: "I wanna see blood 'n' guts 'n' gore 'n' veins! I wanna kill, man!" Of course Arlo's favorite hang-out is Alice Brock's restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. That place could be the embodiment of the whole 1960s.

Anyway, "Alice's Restaurant" is nowadays a look back at when the country's youth were fighting for a better future (people who lived through the '60s would probably object to how I said that). And in the Bush era, we really long for that.

By the way, I saw Arlo Guthrie in concert when he came to Portland in 1998, and then again in 2004. Both concerts were great.


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