Actors: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Alice's Restaurant|
|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."
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of Alice's Restaurant|
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Time/era of movie:
Crime & Scandal
- life in drug culture
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard wavey
- (man) very skinny
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
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Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- seeing breasts
- Some foul language
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