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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 23 May 1975 (Italy)
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A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Robert Getchell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Bendixsen Mia Bendixsen ... Alice - Age 8
Ellen Burstyn ... Alice Hyatt
Alfred Lutter III ... Tommy (as Alfred Lutter)
Billy Green Bush ... Donald
Lelia Goldoni ... Bea
Ola Moore Ola Moore ... Old Woman
Harry Northup ... Joe & Jim's Bartender
Marty Brinton Marty Brinton ... Lenny (as Martin Brinton)
Dean Casper Dean Casper ... Chicken
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Jacobs
Harvey Keitel ... Ben
Lane Bradbury ... Rita
Diane Ladd ... Flo
Vic Tayback ... Mel
Valerie Curtin ... Vera
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Storyline

Despite admitting that she was scared of him in her never-ending quest to please him, thirty-five year old housewife and mother Alice Hyatt is devastated when her husband Donald is killed in an on the job traffic accident. With few job skills except that as a singer, Alice, along with her precocious eleven year old son Tommy, decides to move from their current home in Socorro, New Mexico to her home town of Monterrey, California, the only place she has ever felt happy. She plans on getting singing gigs along the way to earn money to get back to Monterrey by the end of the summer and the start of Tommy's school year. Alice's quest for a job at each stop leaves Tommy often to fend for himself, which may make Tommy even more precocious. His behavior is fostered by Alice, as their relationship is often more as trouble-making friends than mother and son. Alice's plans often do not end up as she envisions, especially as she is forced to take a waitressing job at Mel and Ruby's Diner in ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Alice is 35. Her son is 12. Together they're running away from home. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,600,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Brothers cast Ellen Burstyn after seeing the dailies for The Exorcist (1973). They sent her several scripts, but she felt every female in them was either a victim, the understanding wife of the hero, or some sort of sex object, but never the protagonist. See more »

Goofs

When the alarm clock goes off, Alice knocks it to the second shelf (at around 1h 35 mins). Alice goes back to sleep and some short time later, without either her or Tommy having moved in the bed, the alarm clock has returned to the top shelf of the nightstand. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: [to Alice, disparaging David's style of music] Shit-kicking! shit-kicking! shit-kicking!
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Crazy Credits

introducing Alfred Lutter as Tommy See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

When Your Lover Has Gone
(1931)
Written by E.A. Swan
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Burstyn Is One of the Greats
30 September 2005 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Ellen Burstyn could play a tree stump and make it interesting. She's one of the unsung heroes of post-studio cinema. At a time when meaty women's roles were becoming more and more scarce, Burstyn was fighting for and winning one great part after another. She's probably never been better than she is here, though she showed tremendous range in "Same Time, Next Year" and gave one of the most heartbreakingly harrowing performances I've ever seen as recently as 2000, in "Requiem for a Dream." Women's picture and Martin Scorsese are not two phrases that would seem to be tailor made for each other, but a terrific women's picture is exactly what Scorsese gives us with "Alice..." Though I hate using the term women's picture, as if men can't enjoy stories about women, or as if women's pictures are isolated from the rest of "real" movies. Actually and ironically, maybe it was Scorsese's penchant for the tough-guy milieu that made him so right for this film, because "Alice" doesn't suffer from the burn-your-bra self-righteousness of other women's lib movies of its era, like "Un Unmarried Woman." These other films ultimately feel phony, because they were created for the most part by men, who, however noble their intentions, simply didn't have an understanding for the material. But Scorsese gets the character of Alice, and Burstyn knows exactly what she's doing. So the conflict isn't between Alice and the male world, but between the Alice who doesn't have the confidence to be anything other than a doormat and the Alice who wants to make a life for herself on her own terms.

There are some hilarious scenes between Alice and her son in this film, most particularly the scenes of them driving to California (like when Alice calls him Hellen Keller because he keeps asking "what?" to everything she says). Also, a subplot about the evolving friendship between Alice and Flo (played by Diane Ladd) becomes one of the film's highlights, not in the least because both actresses handle it expertly.

This is a winner, and must be seen by anyone who thinks Scorses is out of his element anywhere but the mean streets of NYC.

Grade: A


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