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When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)

Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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John Kent Harrison
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Lois Wilson
Barry Pepper ... Bill Wilson
John Bourgeois ... Dr. Clark Burnham
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Matilda Burnham
Paul Popowich ... Rogers Burnham
Adam Greydon Reid ... Ebby Thatcher
Ellen Dubin ... Dora
Sarah Manninen ... Elise Shaw
Sarah Dodd ... Sue
Lynne Griffin ... Annie Smith
Collette Micks ... Irene
Kristi Angus ... Anne Bingham
Frank Moore ... Dr. Bob
Peter Windrem Peter Windrem ... Charlie
James Downing ... Wes
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Based on the true story of the enduring but troubled love between Lois Wilson, co-founder of Al-Anon, and her alcoholic husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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The epic story of devotion, recovery and hope

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Biography | Drama

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Lois Wilson: Excuse me, erm do you know someone in the meeting?
Anne Bingham: My husband.
Lois Wilson: Oh mine's in there too, would you like to come in?
Anne Bingham: [shakes her head] I wouldn't wanna inconveniece you.
Lois Wilson: No it would be no trouble, really. Erm I could make some tea, I, I could actually use someone to talk to tonight.
Anne Bingham: [she gets out of the car] We came all the way from Westchester County. I'm Anne Bingham.
Lois Wilson: [they shake hands] Anne, I'm Lois Wilson.
Anne Bingham: If I don't drive him here I can't guarantee that he'll make it so I make the drive.
Lois Wilson: For years I ...
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"When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story" is a quite inspirational "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie
23 May 2010 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV movie on my DVR. It stars Winona Ryder as the wife of the founder of Alcoholics Annonymous, Bill Wilson, here portrayed by Barry Pepper. Over and over again, after he goes from the joys of Wall Street to the firing after the Stock Market Crash, Lois suffers from his constant drinking despite frequent promises to stop until he hits rock bottom and starts his program. But she still can't have him to herself so when she invites the other wives of reformed alcoholics to the home, she inadvertently starts her own group called Al-Anon. I have to tell you right now, all those scenes of Ms. Ryder just crying and getting angry really put me through the ringer! I've read about some of the omissions of their lives in the other comments but despite that, I found this film very compelling to watch and quite inspirational too. So on that note, I highly recommend When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.


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Release Date:

25 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (#59.3) See more »

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