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  • Actors: Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper, John Bourgeois, Rosemary Dunsmore
  • Directors: John Kent Harrison
  • Producers: Terry Gould
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JO6OPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brand NewThe Lois Wilson StoryStarring Winona Ryder and Barry PepperRunning time is 98 minutes.Lois and Bill Wilson started movements that have helped millions of people around the world. After returning from WWI Bill started drinking. Lois believed he was destined for greatness and that her love and support would eventually persuade Bill to quit drinking. When he quit drinking he poured all his time and energy into helping other drunks which led to the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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It wasn't sugar coated, syrupy on anything like that.
Kelly Hale
Life with an alcoholic was nearly unbearable for Lois Wilson despite the fact that Bill, her husband, was the love of her life.
floralD
When Love Is Not Enough, is very well written & acted movie.
Rhonda Wright

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Hain on September 11, 2010
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This movie depicts an accurate history of how the program of Alcoholics Anonymous began and the emotional pain and unrest Bill Wilson's wife, Lois, faced living with an intelligent and successful businessman whose career was damaged by his alcohol dependence. I have always been impressed with Hallmark's ability to present life past and present with tenderness and reality in its movies. I am a substance abuse counselor who uses this excellent depiction of the disease concept of addiction, the dysfunctional family unit and codependent behaviors, and the hope for a better life once addicted individuals reach a powerless and unmanageable bottom and become willing to make a powerful and spiritual change in their lives and the way family members can better understand addiction and its damaging effect on families in order for the family to begin its own healing process through Al-Anon started by Lois Wilson. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who desires increased awareness to how family can be included in anyone's recovery process and build understanding, love, support.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Lighter on May 2, 2010
Moving and inspiring portrayal of Lois Burnham Wilson's struggles through her marriage to Bill,who suffers from alcoholism. Her undying faith in God and Bill are amazing to see on the screen.The strength that both Lois and Bill had to reach recovery for themselves was amazing.Then to go on and bring hope,inspiration,relief and grace to other's who have suffered and are suffering with the addiction to alcohol or is a family member of someone with this addiction is truly inspiring. Faith in God and a gift to the world from God to see how Bill and Lois transformed their personal hell into charity towards the neighbor is beyond inspiring. Thank you Bill Borchert for writing this and Hallmark for producing. Check out these: Guided Footsteps My Name Is Bill W
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P., Simon on May 27, 2010
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This movie offers some great acting by Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper. Winona finally again in widely-seen starring role - even if "only" a TV-movie. Barry Pepper getting all the various degrees of "drunk" splendidly while Winona gives an at times wonderful heartwrenching performance - some scenes her best since Girl, Interrupted - hope she gets some Emmy kudos.

The DVD plays fine on european "code-free" DVD players and computers switched to Code 1 - gladly no RCE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By floralD on December 25, 2010
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This story based on the true life experience of the founder of Al-Anon, a support group for people living with an alcoholic, was riveting to watch. The acting was very good. Life with an alcoholic was nearly unbearable for Lois Wilson despite the fact that Bill, her husband, was the love of her life. It gave me insight into the fact that my thoughts of an alcoholic were tainted. I pictured a bum, lazy, unmotivated to change. I realized that Bill Wilson was a good man who was dealing with the tenacious beast of addiction which took incredible strength to overcome along with support from others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ozpearl on January 23, 2011
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As a long time member of Al-Anon Family Groups I was excited but nervous to see how Lois Wilson's story would be portrayed. I loved the movie. The producers, writers, director and actors are all excellent. My only disappointment was that it ended in 1951. I hope that the same people will make another film about the rest of her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Lawson on February 7, 2011
This was a wonderful movie. I'm married to an alcoholic and this was something that was so close to home it brought me to tears several times. I would recommend this to anyone! It's clean, besides the drinking, and is true, and has such a good inspiring message to it. I just loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Howard on December 11, 2010
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This film is wonderful for families and friends of alcoholics. Being involved in AA for years I find this tape is accurate and truthful in showing how families and friends of alcoholics will also have quiet struggles as they help their loved one to gain sobriety.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on February 25, 2011
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This past decade has not been good to Winona Ryder. I loved LOST SOULS (2000), but critics didn't. After that Ryder appeared in the dreadful AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, and there followed many awful indie films and unfunny comedies, with Ryder often cast in small roles as an unlikeable, nasty, or crazy woman (SEX AND DEATH 101, THE TEN, THE INFORMERS). Although THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE was a decent film, once again, Ryder had a small role as the nasty Crazy Girl.

WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH returns Ryder to her 1990s screen persona of a smart, strong, idealistic, independent yet devoted woman. Her Lois Wilson character in this film resembles Ryder characters from 1969, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, and LITTLE WOMEN.

The story is engaging. I don't normally like these "disease of the week" films, but WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH maintained my interest, partially because it was based on a true story, its set decor effectively recreated its 1917-1950s period setting, and because the rest of the cast and crew also did a great job. (Although I mostly got this because I've been a Ryder fan ever since I saw LOST SOULS.)

Ryder did a great job as a Crazy Girl in GIRL, INTERRUPTED, but since then she's been too often typecast as The Crazy. I've not seen BLACK SWAN (I normally wait for the DVD), but I hear Ryder plays another Crazy.

I hope WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH, rather than BLACK SWAN, will inspire her future roles. I think most Ryder fans would prefer to see her in more of the former than the latter.
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