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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 30 April 1989
This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in ... See full summary »

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Daniel Petrie
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Bill Wilson
JoBeth Williams ... Lois 'Lo' Wilson
James Garner ... Dr. Bob
Gary Sinise ... Ebby
George Coe ... Frank Shaw
Robert Harper ... Dr. Jeremy Partlin
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Dr. Silkworth
Fritz Weaver ... Dr. Burnham
Rick Warner Rick Warner ... Bill D.
Joe Inscoe Joe Inscoe ... Fred
Susan Duchow Susan Duchow ... Adele
Rich Valliere ... Charley
Mark Joy Mark Joy ... Guy Kolb
William Aylward William Aylward ... Controller (as Bill Aylward)
Richard Travis Richard Travis ... Stockquoter
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Storyline

This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in the stock market collapse of 1929. Wilson's career and his domestic life are in tatters when he meets Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith also struggling with a drinking problem. The two form a support group that becomes the basis for the organization Alcoholics Anonymous. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: My Name Is Bill W. (#38.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie made for the ABC network. See more »

Goofs

1935 Mayflower Hotel scene has Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay" playing in background while this song was released in 1938. See more »

Quotes

Lois 'Lo' Wilson: How are you feeling?
Bill Wilson: Alright, I guess.
Lois 'Lo' Wilson: Can I ask you something? I guess I've been afraid... does it have anything to do with me? Your drinking?
Bill Wilson: No. It's not you. It's me.
Lois 'Lo' Wilson: Why? Why do you do it to yourself?
Bill Wilson: I've been standing here all afternoon asking myself the same question. Why? I look out the window and I watch all the normal people walking by. It's funny, I don't think I've ever felt really normal all my life... I mean like other people. I feel different, somehow. Like I don't quite measure...
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I channel surfed onto it and couldn't leave, plus add'l info
2 September 2002 | by Walt-11See all my reviews

This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. James Woods won the lead actor in a special or miniseries Emmy for this. James Garner's role is quite small, but key. This movie wisely spends most of its time with Bill W before the AA formation to give us a strong sense of the long hell that he lived before he found his answers. It is about him more than about AA. A very intelligent, well written, well acted, important story.


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