Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
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When housewife Alice is suddenly widowed and left with no money and no job to support herself and her son, she sets off across the country to find a new life.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 17-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD
Having scored a critical triumph with Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese accepted Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as his first big-studio assignment, proving his versatility and further advancing his promising career. Hot off The Exorcist with her choice of projects at Warner Brothers, Ellen Burstyn sought a hot young talent (Scorsese was recommended by Francis Coppola) to direct Robert Getchell's fine, sensitive screenplay about Alice Wyatt, a newly-widowed 35-year-old lounge singer with a bratty 12-year-old son (Alfred Lutter) and a very uncertain future. Her pursuit of broken dreams lands her a waitressing job in an Arizona diner, where she befriends foul-mouthed Flo (Diane Ladd) and meets and falls in love with a divorced farmer (Kris Kristofferson). With absolute authenticity of emotion and incident, Alice--which earned Burstyn a well-deserved Oscar® and features supporting roles for future Taxi Driver costars Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel--conveys a then-timely sense of strength and endurance from a single mother in desperate times. There have been several similar dramas made since 1974, but Alice (which inspired the popular TV sitcoms Alice and Flo) is still the best. Trivia buffs: Look closely for Ladd's daughter--a very young Laura Dern--and Scorsese as background extras in the diner scenes. --Jeff Shannon
- Making-of featurette "Second Chances"
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Barkin's character Alice often seems like a breakdown isn't too far away, though it's not surprising given the circumstances. I did enjoy her brief singing career and wonder if she really did sing.. Would have liked to have had more of that and maybe less romance with Kristofferson. But it wasn't to be.. Alice's life was wrapped up in A) survival - in terms of money, finding a job and place to live, and B) in terms of surviving the men in her life. Her son I actually quite liked and wouldn't have described as bratty at all (although the jokes were a bit much). He dealt with things remarkably well considering the conditions of their lives at that point.
Other reasons to see this film: you get to see Jodie Foster as a boy, Keitel and Kristofferson in typical roles, and check off your list one more movie by Scorcese that you haven't seen. I liked Alice better than Mean Streets which preceded, but not as much as After Hours which is a very entertaining film (if you like black humor).
Finally, I didn't know the 70s sit-com Alice had derived from this movie, though so it did, and the same Mel from Mel's Diner is actually in this movie. And I know it's a bit off the point, but I wish they'd put out season sets of the sit-com Alice. Why that hasn't happened yet is anyone's guess.
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