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Still Alice (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 February 2015 (USA)
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A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Richard Glatzer (written for the screen by), Wash Westmoreland (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Alice Howland
Kate Bosworth ... Anna Howland-Jones
Shane McRae ... Charlie Howland-Jones
Hunter Parrish ... Tom Howland
Alec Baldwin ... John Howland
Seth Gilliam ... Frederic Johnson
Kristen Stewart ... Lydia Howland
Stephen Kunken ... Dr. Benjamin
Erin Darke ... Jenny
Daniel Gerroll ... Eric Wellman
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Nursing Home Administrator
Maxine Prescott Maxine Prescott ... Nursing Home Resident
Orlagh Cassidy ... Primary Care Doctor
Rosa Arredondo ... Convention Facilitator (as Rosa Arrendono)
Zillah Glory ... Masha (Three Sisters)
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Storyline

Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siempre Alice See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$411,000, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,754,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,884,652
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-director Richard Glatzer suffers from ALS and can't speak. He directed the film using a text to speech app on an iPad. Both Moore and Stewart dedicated their "Ice Bucket Challenge" to Glatzer. See more »

Goofs

When Alice records her speech on the PC, she says "I am you and, um, I have..." When she plays it later in the movie, the line is different. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alice Howland: When I was, um, a little girl, like, in second grade, my teacher told me butterflies don't live a long time. They live, like, a month. And I was so upset, and I went home, and I told my mother, and she said: "Yeah, but, you know, they have a nice life. They have a really beautiful life." So now it always makes me think about my mother's life, and my sister's life. And to a certain extent, you know, my own.
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Lucky Man
Written by John Courtney Morrison, Erika Sharpe, John Holt, Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett
Performed by Courtney John
Published by 7 Long Lane (SOCAN) and Sparta Florida Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Fiwi Music Jamaica
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I didn't want to see this film, but I'm glad I did
7 December 2014 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

I had already marked this movie down as a "no" when the cinema preview club we attend showed it this morning. And I'm very glad they did.

Few movies about Alzheimer's show things almost entirely from the perspective of the victim, and even fewer try to grapple with her internal thoughts and feelings as the disease progresses. Still Alice does just that.

Taking an exceptionally verbal and smart person and giving her early onset Alzheimer's and watching how she deals with it and how she feels about it made this an exceptional film. So does the always-excellent Julianne Moore, who outdoes herself in an Oscar-worthy performance.

The movie's full of highlights: the Skypeing between mom and daughter Kristin Stewart, the relatively healthy Julianne leaving a video for her much sicker self to discover; the question only one person asks: "How does it make you feel?" And extra credit for the double use of Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat."


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