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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.

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Sam
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Joel Clements
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Dorothy
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Jan
Mimi Saffian ...
Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards ...
Chris
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Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick ...
Ted
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Bill
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Tim
Gary Marsh ...
Tom
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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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24 January 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alice e i giorni della droga  »

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The title comes from the Jefferson Airplane song from 1967, "White Rabbit", written by Grace Slick: "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small/And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all/Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall..." See more »

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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 »

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Priest: Do you want an opinion or an alibi?
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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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It Ain't Easy
Music and Lyrics by Ron Davies
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A powerful impact on a 13 year old girl
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it came out on television in 1973. I was 13 years old at the time. I would rate this movie as a 10. The reason being, it scared the hell out of me when I saw it. It came at a very influential time for me. I knew nothing about drugs, I knew no one who had taken drugs and I had never experimented with drugs at that time.

I was later exposed to drugs, they were very prevalent in the seventies. They were everywhere. I had tried marijuana, and a couple other drugs, but never acquired them for myself and never made it my lifestyle. Because of this movie, I was afraid of where it would take me, and that I wouldn't be strong enough to come back from it.

The characters were strong enough, the movie was good enough, the story was told well enough. well enough in fact to haunt my dreams every time I stepped over the drug line and I think that's why it was made, and it did the job it was supposed to do. I'm sure I'm not the only one.


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