Alice's Restaurant

Overview

Intrigued by the counterculture tale of Arlo Guthrie's epic 1968 talking-blues record "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree," director Arthur Penn, co-scripting with playwright Venable Herndon, adapted the song into the 1969 feature Alice's Restaurant. Hippie outsider Arlo Guthrie, playing himself encounters suspicion from the straight world; visits his dying father, renowned leftist activist/singer Woody Guthrie Joseph Boley, in the hospital along with friend Pete Seeger; and hangs out in the title converted ...
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Overview

Intrigued by the counterculture tale of Arlo Guthrie's epic 1968 talking-blues record "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree," director Arthur Penn, co-scripting with playwright Venable Herndon, adapted the song into the 1969 feature Alice's Restaurant. Hippie outsider Arlo Guthrie, playing himself encounters suspicion from the straight world; visits his dying father, renowned leftist activist/singer Woody Guthrie Joseph Boley, in the hospital along with friend Pete Seeger; and hangs out in the title converted church/commune created by his friends Alice Pat Quinn and her husband Ray James Broderick. After Alice's "Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat," Arlo is arrested for littering by rule-following Officer "Obie" Obanhein William Obanhein, playing himself. That littering arrest helps Arlo avoid the Vietnam draft, but the commune is threatened after more personal, old-fashioned conflicts over sex and partnerships permeate Alice and Ray's alternative world.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Eschewing Hollywood polish, director Arthur Penn's loose narrative and partial use of non-professional actors in this feature meshed with a new youth culture predicated on rejecting convention. Like Penn's Bonnie and Clyde before it, Alice's Restaurant delved into rebellion against the establishment, but Penn keeps an eye on its potential limitations even as Arlo Guthrie and the commune live out its possibilities. The military-industrial complex may not prevail this time, but the communards and their protector are not necessarily any better off. Released the same year as the anti-establishment smash Easy Rider, Alice's Restaurant also became a hit (although not quite of the same magnitude). With its authentic counterculture milieu, down-home style, and narrative mix of drama, music, commentary, and comic satire, the film is at once a time capsule of the late '60s and a more timeless story of youthful idealism and adult compromise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2015
  • UPC: 887090095006
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 1,356

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arlo Guthrie Arlo
Pat Quinn Alice
James Broderick Ray
Michael McClanathan Shelly
Geoff Outlaw Roger
Tina Chen Mari-Chan
Kathleen Dabney Karin
Pol. Chief William Obanhein Officer obie
Seth Allan Evangelist
Monroe Arnold Bluegrass
Joseph Boley Woody
Pete Seeger Himself
Sylvia Davis Marjorie
Simm Landres Jacob
Louis Beachner Dean
MacIntyre Dixon lst Deconsecration Minister
Rev. Dr. Pierce Middleton 2nd Deconsecration Minister
Donald Marye Funeral Director
Shelley Plimpton Reenie
M. Emmet Walsh Group W Sergeant
Lee Hays Himself
Eleanor D. Wilson Landlady
Simon Deckard Medic
Thomas DeWolfe Waiter
Judge James Hannon Himself
Graham Jarvis Music Teacher
John Quill 2nd Cop
Frank Simpson Sergeant
Vinnette Carrol Draft Clerk
Ron Weyand 1st Cop
Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director, Screenwriter
Dede Allen Editor
Irving Buchman Makeup
Warren Clymer Production Designer
Hillard Elkins Producer
Arlo Guthrie Score Composer
Fred Hellerman Musical Direction/Supervision
Venabel Herndon Screenwriter
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Camera Operator
Harold Leventhal Associate Producer
Joseph Manduke Producer
John Mortensen Set Decoration/Design
Michael Nebbia Cinematographer
Garry Sherman Score Composer
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