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Bill W. 2012 NR CC

William G. Wilson is co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women - a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.

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Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob
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1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Dan Carracino, Kevin Hanlon
Starring Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob
Supporting actors Blake J. Evans, Chris Gates, Dennis Lowell, Julia Schell, Denis McKeown, Rachel Lynn Jackson, Leila J. Babson, Lenore Pershing, Max Owens, Ron Nagle, Laura Kauffmann, Patrick Kleeman, Francis Stallings, Norman Shultz, Ed Moroney, Catherine Hogan, Brendan McMahon, David Caporale
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Reluctant to watch but acquiesced to my wife's desire. Been sober 18yrs. and familiar with the history and principals of early AA. Really enjoyed it as all original footage and voice recordings. Also interviews with people who were there. Especially poignant as Bill had been dead 25 years when I came to AA and this film gave me an opportunity to actually experience his presence and personality.Clarified some of the "rumors" I had heard about Bill W. and contextualized them nicely. Depicted a self aware man, perfectly flawed, and trying to reconcile himself with the sainthood status he had been elevated to by the fellowship he founded. A tortured soul. Imparted new understanding and appreciation of the man who gave me the process by which to save my life. Once more, my wife "may have been right".
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I appreciated hearing some of Bill's correspondence. Aside from the Big Book, he was clearly a good writer. It was interesting to
me to hear about his continuing and very painful depressions. Clearly depression can persist even with recovery. Sometimes it gets better, but sometimes it's a separate phenomenon. And the video of Lois toward the end of the film seems to show just how very hard this all was on her. A lively and attractive young woman in the beginning, who looks far older than Bill, and grandmotherly, at the end.
I appreciated that the film was honest about Bill's relationships with other women.
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This fascinating study of the founder of AA separated the man from the myth, for me. I loved seeing the actual footage of Bill telling his story, in his own real voice; the story that has now helped millions of addiction sufferers lead a much more satisfying life. I liked how the documentary didn't sugar coat any of Bill's other struggles, either.
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By Tina on December 28, 2012
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I actually purchased this video along with the poster and I am thrilled that I did.

Bill W. was a fascinating look at Bill W. - one that I have been craving for a long time. I am constantly amazed at how many books there are out there on Bill W. and yet, I found myself with so many questions. Granted, this dvd does not answer all of them, but what I loved best about this DVD is the fact that we get to see (and hear) Bill W. in candid moments that I, for one, have never heard or seen anywhere else before.

I loved the "talks" Bill W. gave and I loved the fact that the producers were willing to explore the more "secretive" parts of his life. Actually, one of the people speaking on the DVD said it best - (and I am paraphrasing here - something to the effect that Bill W. was just a man who did a great thing. He was human and a drunk and therefore was certainly not perfect, which is the perfect definition of AA and shows exactly what AA is about).

I proudly hung my Bill W. poster in my living room and I will be lending my DVD and re-watching it over the years for sure.

Great job.
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This was never about the man himself...this was and still is about extreme spiritual experiences and emotional psychic changes. Once this man had his spiritual experience, then the man carried that message to others. The spiritual experience, carrying that message to others, and those others carrying the same message, and so on and so on continues to save the lives of millions. His determination to no longer live the painful life of a drunk was the beginning of a new life for those same drunks (& addicts) today.
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By Lilla on February 4, 2013
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Film explores the story of Bill W and the early days of AA. Bill is presented with all his flaws and the development of the program is factual and interesting. I appreciated the factual, unemotional or unsensational, presentation. Great to see original photos and hear the voices in the story of the development of this amazing, life saving program.
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This is a very well crafted documentary about the life of AA's co-founder, Bill Wilson. The people who put this together had unprecedented access to the AA archives (from what I've heard) and they did a great job of making Bill W seem like a real man instead of this prophet that a lot of people seem to see him as. I definitely recommend this documentary to anyone interested in the history of AA, important people in the last century, and people who enjoy documentaries.
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The real deal. Oh, how I love this man, his wife and all of those early heroes who paved the way for the rest of us. Hearing his voice "live" never gets old. Once again, I cried w/gratitude and joy, throughout the documentary. He was a funny guy, a brilliant man with a massive, compassionate, crazy spirited heart w/a fantastic sense of humor. However, you will learn (if you don't know it already) the most important movement of the 20th Century did not evolve without much personal suffering, financial loss and pain on the part of our forefathers. If you want to learn about the fellowships beginning and about true patience and tolerance, learn about this man, Dr. Bob and their wives. This documentary is a good start. Then watch, Hello, My Name Is Bill W. a fantastic, fictional (based upon non-fiction) follow up movie.
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