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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1975 (France)
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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.

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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 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

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1975 (France) 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:

$17,600,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ellen Burstyn's Oscar was delivered to her in a liquor box by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau at the stage door of the Broadway theater where she was working. She asked Matthau what an Oscar really meant, and he told her, "Let's put it this way, Ellen. When you die, the newspapers will say, 'The Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn died today.'" See more »

Goofs

Tommy says the A7 chord hurts his fingers. A7 is one of the easiest chords, even for beginners. Kristofferson would know this and could have asked the script be altered, and recommend a more difficult chord. See more »

Quotes

David: So who's stoppin' ya?... Pack yer bags; I'll take you to Monterey... I don't give a damn about that ranch.
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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

Roll Away the Stone
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Scorsese's chick flick
3 July 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is the film that brought director Martin Scorsese into the commercial limelight; and even though he's had many bigger successes since, this simple and easily accessible story of a woman and her son is well worked and interesting; and personally, I prefer it to a number of his more famous gangster films. The plot is very simple, thus making the film easy to follow and therefore light viewing; and it could also be called a 'chick flick'. However, Scorsese directs with his usual verve and manages to implement a number of memorable characters along the way; some of which are played by the stars of future Scorsese films. The film starts when we are introduced to a young girl named Alice, who has aspirations of being a singer. Several years later, and after the death of her husband, she and her son set off across the country in order for her to pursue her dream career. After her first job and choice of boyfriend go awry, she travels on and ends up meeting a man named David.

This film provides an acting credit for Ellen Burstyn who, just as she would go on to do in the likes of The Exorcist, delivers a well worked and believable performance. Kris Kristofferson is her opposite number, although he doesn't get to flex his acting muscles much - while Taxi Driver co-stars Jodie Fosters and Harvey Keitel deliver memorable portrayals in small roles. The film benefits from a very well written script, which manages to give credence to all of its lead characters, which elevate the film above similar material in its class. The locations are well used, and the director does well in implementing a gritty country style; as well as the central theme of ordinary people trying to make something out of themselves. The main problem with the film is that sometimes it can be a little too light-hearted, and some of the heavier plot ideas aren't allowed to shine through as they should. Overall, this film may be disliked by fans of Scorsese films such as Goodfellas and Casino, and it definitely is a chick flick; but personally, I have no qualms with naming it as one of the better films on Scorsese's list of film credits.


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