Alice's Restaurant Movie Review Summary

Actors: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh

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Between "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Little Big Man," Arthur Penn shot this 1969 dramatization of Arlo Guthrie's famous song/monologue, "The Alice's Restaurant Massacre," which fills the airwaves every Thanksgiving. Guthrie plays himself as he visits his friend Alice in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, agrees as a favor to take her trash to the dump, finds the dump closed, and drops the load on a heap of other garbage. The local sheriff discovers this massive case of littering and a manhunt, arrest, and court appearance ensues -- which events came back to haunt Guthrie when he gets called up for the draft. This "slice of hippy life" has its funny and haunting moments -- a visit to his dying father Woody Guthrie (played by Joseph Boley), the burial in a light New England snowfall of a friend who died of a heroin overdose -- but is a bit aimless. Watch for M. Emmet Walsh as the infamous Group W sergeant. Patricia Quinn plays Alice Brock, and the real Alice appears several times briefly as "Suzy."
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   life in drug culture

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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