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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 »

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Peter Cohn

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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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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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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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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Sam Rockwell, Dianne Wiest and Faye Dunaway; and one Oscar nominee: {link=nm0738415]. 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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Shattering and depressing...as it should be
7 March 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Jim (Richard Lewis) attends an AA meeting very worried about something. His sponsor encourages him to talk. He does...and immediately leaves. The rest of the movie involves him trying not to drink and it keeps going back to the meeting where we, one by one, hear each member say why they're there.

I caught this at a small art cinema way back in 1997 and I never forgot it. It perfectly captures what an AA meeting is like and the stories related are harrowing. Quite a few well known actors play members: Sam Rockwell (still unknown at the time), Amanda Plummer, Parker Posey, Dianne Wiest, Calista Flockheart and Faye Dunaway. Their considerable acting talents make the stories seem realistic and hard to shake off. There's no happy endings here. Grim and disturbing but realistic. Sometime the staginess shows through (you can tell this was based on a play) which is why I can only give it an 8. Still, it's well worth watching.


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