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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 ... 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

When Bill Wilson (James Woods) meets Dr. Smith (James Garner) for the first time, Woods introduces himself as "Wilson, Bill Wilson". Garner, in his reply, mistakenly calls Woods "Mr. Williams". See more »

Quotes

Bill Wilson: It's like any journey, Fred. It begins with the first step.
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Referenced in Strange Wilderness (2008) See more »

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There is a solution
7 April 2003 | by jespereilertsenSee all my reviews

This movie carries a great message, and I was deeply touched by the story of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. It's an important historic treasure being preserved in a true and respectful film. The story is straightforward and strong and gives and honest impression of the pioneers of AA. Let this movie carry the message too.. There is a solution.. ;-)

If you liked this one - watch "Pay it forward" - a wonderful movie with a similar theme.


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