Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice

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Director: John Korty, Julie Adams, Wendell Burton, Robert Carradine

Cast: John Korty, Julie Adams, Wendell Burton, Robert Carradine

     
 
"Alice" was the pseudonymous name of the teenaged author who wrote the book upon which this above-average TV movie was based. Jamie Smith-Jackson portrays a shy, slightly overweight high schooler who is so anxious for acceptance that she falls in with the drug crowd. In a methodical, almost casual matter, we see how Alice descends into a nether world of pushers, pimps

Overview

"Alice" was the pseudonymous name of the teenaged author who wrote the book upon which this above-average TV movie was based. Jamie Smith-Jackson portrays a shy, slightly overweight high schooler who is so anxious for acceptance that she falls in with the drug crowd. In a methodical, almost casual matter, we see how Alice descends into a nether world of pushers, pimps and prostitution. Perhaps to make the point that this could be the story of any impressionable youth, few of the characters are identified by name: Julie Adams plays "The Mother," William Shatner "The Professor," Andy Griffith "The Priest," and so on. Filmed in a cinema-verite fashion, Go Ask Alice makes excellent use of relatively unfamiliar Los Angeles locations.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Modern viewers who turn to Go Ask Alice for campy kicks will be disappointed when they discover a sober-minded TV film dealing tastefully with subject matter too often sensationalized beyond realism. The authenticity of the published diary which provided the basis for Go Ask Alice has often been questioned, but that never hurt its popularity among teens, many of whom ignored its anti-drug message and reveled instead in the gory details of smack orgies and chemical rebellion. Director John Korty takes a non-exploitative approach to the material, managing to make the central character's plight compelling without manipulating the audience through the uglier aspects of the story. Certainly its status as a mainstream television broadcast tempered what could be depicted, but the film never stoops to indict anyone for Alice's addiction, painting her dilemma as far more complicated than mere peer pressure or a generation gap. The cast is natural and understated, even when caught in the throes of LSD usage and drug withdrawal. Jamie Smith Jackson is a bit anonymous as Alice, but it's appropriate for a character who is at an age when personality is pliable and easily altered. William Shatner is more reserved than usual as Alice's father (though his moustache doesn't seem to be glued on straight), and Andy Griffith takes a hard-bitten turn in his cameo as a no-nonsense priest. In one of her first roles, Mackenzie Phillips appears briefly as a street urchin with a hunger for dope, a characterization she might have known a bit too well. Go Ask Alice can still be found on video from time to time, though its reputation as a sleazy romp dressed up in freaky hippie duds is exaggerated and its usefulness as anti-drug propaganda is compromised by its dated appearance. It is, however, a well-crafted drama with period ambiance, worth seeing again for nostalgic baby boomers.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
UPC:
0018619109489
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Jef Films
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:13:00
Sales rank:
13,448

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Go Ask Alice
1. Alice [7:09]
2. A Friend [3:45]
3. Turned On [4:18]
4. Hooked [7:11]
5. Pushing [2:59]
6. Trust [4:43]
7. Bad Off [3:49]
8. A Priest [8:29]
9. Friends [10:08]
10. Bum Trip [8:47]
11. Better [7:37]
12. 1 in 5000 [2:00]

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Go Ask Alice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was our intro to her,but we all thought the book was real then.I still recommend it,but as an unintentionally funny book movie.william shatner was hard up for work then,but his "does he care'comment made him essential.for a gripping,yet false story,read the book.
Screekmore0122 More than 1 year ago
Compared to the book, this movie was a masacre!!! The movie botched up imprtant and factual things that were pertinent elements of the book and the real life of Alice. I have read the book about 10 plus times and I have never actually been able to visualize Alice and not even this movie made me think that any of the characters from the book matched the people who played them in the movie. Seriously if you want a story and a really good one, READ THE BOOK....
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