- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 23, 2001
- Originally Released: 1969
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Arlo Guthrie - Star
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 01/26/2001
"...A passionate portrait of dropping out and draft resistance that remains elegiac about the '60s without being overly sentimental..."
The film ALICE'S RESTAURANT is taken from Arlo Guthrie's famous antidraft song of the same name. Guthrie plays himself in this story about his journeys and misadventures in college, traveling, playing music in New York City, and not quite dodging the draft. The movie, taking its cue from the song, is fun and whimsical while making a strong point about social issues, including Vietnam and free love. ALICE'S RESTAURANT is a counterculture event that should not be missed.
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical release: August 20, 1969.
- "Alice's Restaurant" was a seminal song in the 1960s, a social satire that humorously expressed youthful discontent with establishment values and the absurdity of its inflexible rules. In particular, the song protests U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, a critique that the film includes and extends.
- Arlo Guthrie is the son of folksinger Woody Guthrie, whose own work explored the numerous personal tragedies that occurred during the Great Depression and who was equally critical of the business and government establishment.
- The closing shot of the film was the longest track-and-zoom shot in film history at the time.
- The real Alice that the song and movie are based on appears in the film as an extra in two scenes.