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
Alice Hyatt
Tommy (as Alfred Lutter)
Ola Moore ...
Old Woman
Joe & Jim's Bartender
Marty Brinton ...
Lenny (as Martin Brinton)
Dean Casper ...
Murray Moston ...
Lane Bradbury ...
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)
Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
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)
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)
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

Martin Scorsese

Written by

Robert Getchell ... (written by)

Produced by

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

Cinematography by

Kent L. Wakeford ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Marcia Lucas

Editorial Department

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

Production Design by

Toby Carr Rafelson

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

John G. Wilson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

Sound Department

Don Parker ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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)

Casting Department

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

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

Location Management

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

Music Department

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

Transportation Department

Gary Paulsen ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

Larry Cohen ... production executive
Lawrence D. Cohen ... production executive (as Lawrence Cohen)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title
Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor
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)

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Trivia Hot off her success with The Exorcist (1973), the studio granted Ellen Burstyn total creative control over this project. She had two goals: to make a movie about woman with real-life problems, and to secure an up-and-coming filmmaker as the director. Upon selecting the script, Brian De Palma brought Francis Ford Coppola to Burstyn's attention, who suggested she consider Martin Scorsese. While impressed with Scorsese's talent after viewing Mean Streets (1973), Burstyn still hesitated to hire the director, fearing he could only direct men. When she asked Scorsese what he knew about women, Scorsese replied, "Nothing, but I'd like to learn." Satisfied with his enthusiasm, Burstyn immediately hired Scorsese. See more »
Goofs Opening scene, supposedly Socorro, New Mexico, shows palm trees, eucalyptus, and an orange tree - much too cold a climate for these. 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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