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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 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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All they want is another shot...

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, substance abuse and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Script began as a play, "Blackout", which ran Off-Broadway in 1990. See more »

Quotes

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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Good movie for all addicts to see.
27 February 2002 | by hgbrown2000See all my reviews

As a recovering alcoholic, and having seen some of the "preachy" movies, or the drama of Days of Wine and Roses, I found this movie to be just what it is, an AA meetings. Nothing to prove. Nothing to say. Each telling his story and one can take what he needs, and leave the rest. I enjoyed it as a means of letting others get an inside look at a meeting. Not much else to say. As for the relapse of Lewis, and his going back out and using, it was OK, but his return at the end, starting all over again, is just the way it is. Good movie, but not good enough to watch again and again.


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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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Ultra Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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