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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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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 ... Fred
Susan Duchow Susan Duchow ... Adele
Rich Valliere ... Charley
Mark Joy ... Guy Kolb
William Aylward William Aylward ... Controller (as Bill Aylward)
Richard Travis Richard Travis ... Stockquoter
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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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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the ABC network. See more »

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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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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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The very best of 'recovery' films.
11 August 2007 | by ThommyMacSee all my reviews

Expertly acted, great sets, and an interesting story brought to the screen. How much more could you ask for? Having been sort of forced to watch many recovery movies at the VA, this one shines. Take it from a cynic, this is well worth watching. Most movies dealing with addiction are syrupy, saccharine, and all the problems are solved at the end of 90 to 120 minutes. I understand that this is the nature of movies HOWEVER it is NOT the nature of recovery. Non-members of the AA fellowship can enjoy it for how well it shows the beginning of the movement, friends of people in recovery can identify with the supporting characters, and "friends of Bill W." can marvel at the birth of a miracle. Finally, the straightforward script manages to avoid the aforementioned "sappy" pitfalls inherent to most recovery movies. It beats "28 Days" anytime.


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