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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 23, 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 51 minutes

Country USA

Studio Florin Productions, United Artists

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Police, Coming Of Age, Cult Classic, Suspense, Drugs, Satire, Marriage, School / Campus

Tagline: Every Generation Has A Story To Tell.

Plot: Arthur Penn's film, based on Arlo Guthrie's famous song of the same name, takes an exuberant look at the 1960s counterculture, draft dodging, social intolerance, law enforcement, and the hardships of growing older. Like the 18-minute song itself, ALICE'S RESTAURANT follows Arlo Guthrie (played by Arlo Guthrie) as he gets kicked out of school and travels back east to visit his old friends Alice and Ray Brock. After a huge Thanksgiving feast, Arlo is assigned the duty of disposing of the garbage. When he finds the local dump closed, he tosses the mound of garbage over a cliff, which leads to his arrest for littering. When Arlo is eventually drafted into the army and is filling out the paperwork, he finds a simple question on the back of one of the forms: Kid, have you ever been arrested? Arlo quickly discovers that the U.S. Army has a very low opinion of litterbugs.

The rambling song "Alice's Restaurant" was Guthrie's greatest success. The film version maintains the freewheeling spirit of the song while adding some new layers of character development and subplots, with Alice becoming a more central character to the story. Arlo Guthrie gives a fine performance as himself, and Pat Quinn is outstanding as the aging but bright-eyed Alice. Penn's direction balances a wild,

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 Directed by
Arthur Penn
Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, The Train
 Written by
Arlo Guthrie
Woodstock, Roadside Prophets, Renaldo and Clara
Patricia Quinn
Clean and Sober, An Unmarried Woman, Zachariah
James Broderick
Dog Day Afternoon, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Group
Pete Seeger
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time
Lee Hays
The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time
Michael McClanathan
The Panic in Needle Park
 Music By
Arlo Guthrie
Woodstock, Roadside Prophets, Renaldo and Clara

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