Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Overview

Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood studio production also marked his first (and only) foray into a woman-centered story. Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn), a resigned Southwest housewife, takes advantage of her trucker husband's sudden death to hit the road with her bratty son Tommy (Alfred Lutter) and pursue her childhood dream of a singing career. She finds a job as a lounge singer, but after a horrific encounter with an abusive new beau (Harvey Keitel), she flees and winds up taking a waitress job at Mel's Diner, run by gruff cook Mel (Vic Tayback). With her career on hold, Alice soon finds strength and self-worth through her friendship with the other waitresses, saucy Flo (Diane Ladd) and spacy Vera (Valerie Curtin). When sensitive rancher David (Kris Kristofferson) starts courting her, Alice wonders if she wants to abandon her goals for domesticity again. To contrast Alice's dream life with her reality, Scorsese created a stylized opening sequence of Alice as a child reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, Duel in the Sun and Gone With the Wind, before shifting into the present-day atmospheric immediacy of location shooting and scenes built out of improvisations. That opening sequence alone cost over twice as much as Scorsese's debut feature, Who's That Knocking At My Door?.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/1994
UPC: 0012569103436
Original Release: 1974
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Burstyn Alice Hyatt
Kris Kristofferson David
Billy Green Bush Donald Hyatt
Alfred Lutter Alice's Son Tommy
Diane Ladd Flo
Lelia Goldoni Neighbor Bea
Jodie Foster Young Girl Audrey
Harvey Keitel Ben Everhart
Larry Cohen Diner at Mel and Ruby's
Henry Max Kendrick Shop Assistant
Mardik Martin Customer in Club During Audition
Martin Scorsese Diner at Mel and Ruby's
Ola Moore Old Woman
Martin Brinton Lenny
Dean Casper Chicken
Laura Dern Girl Eating Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
Lane Bradbury Ben's Wife Rita
Valerie Curtin Vera
Murray Moston Bar Owner Jacobs
Mia Bendixsen Alice, Age 8
Vic Tayback Restaurant Owner Mel
Harry Northrup Joe and Jim's Bartender

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Robert Getchell Screenwriter
Dick LaSalle Score Composer
Marcia Lucas Editor
Audrey Maas Producer
Mike Moder Asst. Director
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
Sandra Weintraub Roland Producer
David Susskind Producer
Kent Wakeford Cinematographer
Sandra Weintraub Co-producer
Bob Westmoreland Makeup

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Simon_Marcum More than 1 year ago
I looked all over for this movie and I finally found it here at Barnes and Noble. This film is a classic, and a must-see. Aside from a wonderfully-written script and an Academy Award-Winning performance from the greatest actress in film/stage history, Ellen Burstyn, it also depicts the era in a very intelligent, almost educational way. The way Alice breaks the wife-stays-home-and-cooks-for-the-man mold is truly an inspirational display of female courage and strength. Be sure to watch the special features too, as the actor interviews and the commentaries shed a lot more light on that issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago