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Go Ask Alice (1973)

Inadvertently, a fourteen-year-old girl in the late American 1960s is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Beatrice Sparks (book) (as Anonymous), Ellen M. Violett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Sam
Ruth Roman ... Psychiatrist
Wendell Burton Wendell Burton ... Joel Clements
Julie Adams ... Dorothy
Andy Griffith ... Priest
Ayn Ruymen ... Jan
Mimi Saffian Mimi Saffian ... Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Chris
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Alice
Danny Michael Mann ... Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick Frederick Herrick ... Ted
Robert Carradine ... Bill
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Tim
Gary Marsh Gary Marsh ... Tom
Mackenzie Phillips ... Doris (as Mackinzie Phillips)
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Fifteen year old Alice is a shy girl who is having problems relating to her parents, Sam and Dot. Her primary confidante is her diary. When the family moves for Sam's new job as a college English professor, Alice is not scared of leaving the familiar but rather scared of approaching the unfamiliar. She ends up striking a friendship with another shy girl, Beth, their bond being their shared outside status. But during a period of extended non-contact due to Beth's vacation during the summer, Alice finds herself in the company of the "in" crowd, including a college boy named Richie who becomes her boyfriend. They introduce her to drugs, which she likes as they make her feel less inhibited. She becomes addicted, taking uppers to cope with the downs associated with dealing with her parents, and downers to get off the drug induced highs. She abandons Beth, and continues her drug use as she begins to feel that is the only time she now feels happy, with all of them starting to push in order ... Written by Huggo

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The moving story of a 16 year old drug addict based on her diary. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice e i giorni della droga See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alice lives somewhere in the Cincinnati area. The area code in her diary, that the priest reads off, is 513. See more »

Goofs

When Alice is in the hospital drinking from the cup, she holds it with her palms since her fingers are bandaged. Then there's a close-up of the cup and she's cupping it and then palming it again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Richie says parents always notice missing booze, but never pills or cash. He says that shows where their heads are at.
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: This motion picture is based on the authentic diary of a 15 year old American girl. The only alterations have been those necessitated by considerations of length and acceptability for family viewing. See more »

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Spanish Flea
Music by Julius Wechter
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pretty bad
27 August 2005 | by sarasnappsSee all my reviews

Well, I for one actually believed that "go ask alice" was the true story of a teenage girl. But it turns out it was written by an older woman as a cautionary tale on the evils of the day. As a result, for me at least, I had a hard time sitting through the movie. The acting was not very good, either. Though it was interesting to see Mackenzie Phillips in her first starring role. I think she should have written the script, seeing as how she did a lot of drugs at the time.It probably would have been a little more believable.Robert Carradine plays Bill. You may remember him from Revenge of the Nerds and Lizzie McGuire. Or you may not remember him at all. Oh, yes, they DID cast William Shatner as the father. AND Andy Griffith as the priest. But the one thing the movie didn't include was the best line from the book---"another day, another blowjob"


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