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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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  • Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III, Billy Green Bush
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Robert Getchell
  • Producers: Audrey Maas, David Susskind, Sandra Weintraub
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CI2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,139 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie when I was very young (at least 16 years ago). To me it was just a comedy film that launched "Alice" (which was one of my favorite shows at the time). I now saw it after all these years and was amazed by all that I saw this time around.
This is one of the best-acted films I've ever seen. Nothing more needs to be said about Ellen Burstyn here other than she still remains in my mind as one of the luminary, top-drawer actresses in American cinema these past 30+ years. She is flawless here; even breathtaking! And the performance by Alfred Lutter as her son Tommy was one of the finest performances I've seen by a teen/pre-teen. And of course there's Diane Ladd as the infamous Flo, who revels (and excels) in a small meaty role that usually wins Best Supporting Actress Oscars (she unfortunately lost). And Jodie Foster (as butch as can be) is a riot. And Kris Kristofferson gets his part just right, as do Harvey Keitel and the late Vic Tayback as the overbearing but lovable Mel.
I don't know if the perfect acting in this film is a tribute to the actors or to Martin Scorsese (or both). But this film shows that Martin Scorsese is truly a monumental talent. High praise also goes to Robert Getchell for a screenplay that is as hilarious as it is moving. The purity and spirit of this film is obvious and very affecting.
I think this is one of the great films of the 1970s. Be sure to put it on your list if you're a student of cinema. I think it is a landmark film in the human comedy/drama genre.
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Martin Scorcese's 2nd major feature, *Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore*, involves a thirty-something widow (Ellen Burstyn, brilliant per usual) and her 12-year-old kid as they find themselves suddenly thrust into the world without a safety net. From the cozy enclave of Monterey, CA, they wind up in Phoenix, AZ, where, after failing to make it as a lounge singer due primarily to her involvement with a maniac (Harvey Keitel), they're forced to push on to Tucson. There, she sensibly gives up her dream to be a singer and ends up as a waitress at a roughneck diner. At the diner, she meets a fading hippie / farmer / cowboy / musician (Kris Kristofferson -- who else?) who's currently divorced and seems to be a better bet than the [people who] surrounds her. Though he's breezy about his divorce ("She up and left, and I held the door open for her"), it's soon revealed why he's alone and hasn't seen his kids in some time: he's got a definite edge, a my-way-or-the-highway approach that extends to Burstyn's kid as well as herself. She must decide if he's worth the effort required to shape him up. Meanwhile, her son is giving her headaches by getting into trouble with his new girlfriend, a butch but cute Jodie Foster (her first film?). I don't know this kid's name, but what a performance: annoying as hell, but in a real-life way (as opposed to the *Home Alone* way). I've taken the trouble to describe all this exposition because it does seem odd, at first glance, that this is a Martin Scorcese film, with its Western setting, feminist subtext, so forth. Some have said that it's an anomaly in the Scorcese oeuvre . . .Read more ›
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It has always seemed one of the odder facts of pop culture that a Martin Scorsese film actually inspired a sitcom starring Linda Lavin. (Does that mean we had Scorsese to thank, or blame, for the whole "Kiss my grits" thing and the spin-off "Flo"?) Anyway, this early Scorsese feature is atypical - no pulsating urban life, not much in the way of brutality - but extremely entertaining, with a classic Oscar-winning performance by Ellen Burstyn as Alice, the widow who packs up her belongings and son (the impressive Alfred Lutter) and takes off for parts unknown, hoping to make it as a singer but settling for a waitressing gig at Mel's Diner. For a while, this was seen as something of an anomaly in the Scorsese portfolio, and as of this writing it's still unique among his films in that it's woman-centered. In an odd way, this film is an interesting companion piece to "Kundun" as both movies follow a character very unlike the usual Scorsese protagonist on a journey Scorsese can't really relate to personally but is willing to explore anyway. The good cast includes Harvey Keitel, Kris Kristofferson, and a very very young Jodie Foster.
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