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Drunks (1995)

R | | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Cohn

Writers:

Gary Lennon (play), Gary Lennon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Lewis ... Jim
Liza Harris Liza Harris ... Melanie
Liam Ahern Liam Ahern ... Billy
George Martin ... Marty
Sam Rockwell ... Tony
Amanda Plummer ... Shelley
Kevin Corrigan ... Cam
Fanni Green Fanni Green ... Jasmine
Parker Posey ... Debbie
Dianne Wiest ... Rachel
Billy Dove Billy Dove ... Leo
Julie Halston ... Carol
Faye Dunaway ... Becky
LisaGay Hamilton ... Brenda
Calista Flockhart ... Helen
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Storyline

At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, searching for some solace in his old stomping grounds, bars and parks where he bought drugs, the meeting goes on, and we hear the stories of survivors and addicts - some, like Louis, who claim to have wandered in looking for choir practice, who don't call themselves alcoholic, and others, like Joseph, whose drinking almost caused the death of his child - as they talk about their lives at the meeting. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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All they want is another shot...

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, substance abuse and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alcohòlics See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,581, 16 March 1997

Gross USA:

$38,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,268
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Script began as a play, "Blackout", which ran Off-Broadway in 1990. See more »

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Debbie: You want to talk about bad blackouts? I was married in one. I was married in a blackout, I'm serious. I was 19 years old. I was married for 6 weeks, yeah. I was married to this guy named Wild Bob. That was his full name, Wild Bob. So I guess I was Mrs. Wild Bob. Hi everyone, welcome to my life. Do you Debbie, take Wild Bob to be your lawfully wedded husband? I do.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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For acting students and addictive personalities
4 May 2004 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

As others have stated "Drunks" is less a movie than a string of monologues. Since these monologues are presented by a group of very fine actors, "Drunks" is essential viewing for acting students.

The performances are uniformly strong, with stand outs from Faye Dunaway, Calista Flockhart and a particularly well drawn, understated turn by Dianne Wiest. A great pity that Kevin Corrigan and Sam Rockwell are around and given nothing much to do. Richard Lewis has the central role, and to his credit, puts in a convincing performance.

The other, far larger group for whom this movie has great relevance is that of the addictive personality. Although the movie is dealing with alcoholism, it could quite easily be substituted by a host of substances or activities which in effect take over and often ruin lives. "Drunks" very much brings home the suffering that addiction causes, while stressing the suffering which led to the addiction itself.

An unsatisfying film, whose parts in themselves, make it worthy.


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