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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ()


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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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Mia Bendixsen ...
Alice - Age 8
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Alice Hyatt
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Tommy (as Alfred Lutter)
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Donald
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Bea
Ola Moore ...
Old Woman
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Joe & Jim's Bartender
Marty Brinton ...
Lenny (as Martin Brinton)
Dean Casper ...
Chicken
Murray Moston ...
Jacobs
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Ben
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Rita
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Flo
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Mel
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Vera
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David
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Audrey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Adams ...
Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Thelma Allen ...
Bartender - Jacob's Bar (uncredited)
Jackie Bridges ...
Owner of Country Western Bar (uncredited)
Jefferson Burstyn ...
Harold - Neighbor Boy (uncredited)
Tami Conner ...
Mother (uncredited)
Steve DeFrance ...
Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
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Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
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Store Clerk (uncredited)
Madonna Fercier ...
Lady at Yard Sale (uncredited)
Albert J. Gianelloni ...
Dusty (uncredited)
Arnold Herzstein ...
Man Outside the House (uncredited)
Helen E. Hintz ...
Lady at Bathroom Door (uncredited)
Walter J. Johnson ...
Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
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Music Store Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Kennedy ...
Lou - Owner of Piano Bar (uncredited)
Lambert Marks ...
Bea's Husband (uncredited)
Duke Robbins ...
Man at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
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Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Molly Starr ...
Diner at Mel & Ruby's (uncredited)
Tiny Wells ...
Hurricane Bar Owner (uncredited)
Bob Westmoreland ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Martin Scorsese

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Robert Getchell ... (written by)

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Audrey Maas ... producer
David Susskind ... producer
Sandra Weintraub ... associate producer

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Kent L. Wakeford ... director of photography

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Marcia Lucas

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Carroll Timothy O'Meara ... assistant editor (as C. Timothy O'Meara)

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Toby Carr Rafelson

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Lola 'Skip' McNalley ... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland ... makeup

Production Management

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John G. Wilson ... unit production manager

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Michael Kusley ... second assistant director (as Mike Kusley)
Mike Moder ... assistant director

Art Department

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Edward Aiona ... property master (as Ed Aiona)
John Sexton ... assistant prop master (uncredited)

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Don Parker ... sound mixer

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Thomas Conley ... key grip (as Tom Conley)
Bill Curtis ... gaffer
Owen Marsh ... camera operator
Reynaldo Villalobos ... first camera assistant (as Ray Villalobos)
William Davis ... second camera assistant (uncredited)
Ed Kennedy ... best boy (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty ... still photographer (uncredited)
Pat O'Mara ... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Donald E. Thorin ... camera operator (uncredited)
Dave Wardlow ... best boy (uncredited)

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Frank Kennedy ... extras casting (uncredited)
Jim Martell ... outer casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Barbara Miller ... casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Alan Shayne ... casting: Warner Bros. (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lucia De Martino ... wardrobe: women
Lambert Marks ... wardrobe: men's

Location Management

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William Smith ... location auditor (uncredited)
Harry Zubrinsky ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Richard LaSalle ... composer: additional original music
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Gary Paulsen ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Larry Cohen ... production executive
Lawrence D. Cohen ... production executive (as Lawrence Cohen)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title
Kathie Green ... voice (uncredited)
Cinnamon Leavitt ... secretary to director (uncredited)
George Memmoli ... voice (uncredited)
Vernon White ... publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 Tucson, Arizona, which entails working with a disparate group, including Mel, the establishment's gruff owner/short order cook, and her fellow waitresses, the wisecracking, foul mouthed Flo, and the naive and shy Vera. Alice also falls into old habits, namely relying on men to make her feel fulfilled, specifically the much younger Ben, and farmer David. Those relationships may also provide her with a better perspective on her life and her bad choice of Donald as a husband. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Alice has a 12-year old kid. She hasn't got a job and she's on her own. How come she has such a good time? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alice n'est plus ici (France)
  • Alice lebt hier nicht mehr (Germany)
  • Alícia ja no viu aquí (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Alicia ya no vive aquí (Spain)
  • Alice nu mai locuieste aici (Romania)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Diane Ladd's daughter Laura Dern can be seen in the final diner scene, she is the little blonde girl with glasses sitting at the end of the counter eating an ice cream cone. As Dern would recall years later, it was after the nineteenth take, and exactly that many cones consumed, that Director Martin Scorsese informed Ladd that if her daughter could do that without throwing up, she had to be an actress. See more »
Goofs As Alice is opening Mel's Diner in the morning, she turns the sign over to "open", then goes to putting dirty dishes away. The dishes would have been picked up and cleaned the night before. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Six Is Company (1982). See more »
Soundtracks All the Way from Memphis See more »
Crazy Credits introducing Alfred Lutter as Tommy See more »
Quotes Flo: She went to shit and the hogs ate her!
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