Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Released 1974

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Director:
Martin Scorsese
Released:
1974
Rating:
PG
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a dramatic tale about a widow with dreams of starting a new life. When Alice Hayatt's (Ellen Burstyn) husband dies in an accident, she leaves her home in New Mexico with her son, Tommy (Alfred Lutter), to pursue a singing career in Monterey, California. After finances force her to temporarily settle down in Phoenix, Arizona, she finds work as a lounge singer. She begins an affair with a married man, but when he turns violent, she and Tommy must move again. This time the two travel to Tucson where she takes a job as a waitress. Though Alice is only there to make some cash, she finds herself bonding with her co-workers and falling in love with local rancher and divorc''e, David (Kris Kristofferson). When David disciplines Tommy against Alice's wishes, however, the couple's future looks grim. Alice must now decide if the relationship will continue and whether staying in Tucson will end her dream of becoming the next Alice Faye.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie has been both attacked and defended on feminist grounds, but I think it belongs somewhere outside ideology, maybe in the area of contemporary myth and romance.

  • 50

    Village Voice

    Scorsese tries to balance tries to balance irony and lyricism, but it has no internal truth, it means nothing in terms of wht we know of Alice or what Scorsese feels about her. [6 ...

  • 50

    Variety

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore takes a group of wellcast film players and largely wastes them on a smaller-than-life film – one of those 'little people' dramas that make one des...

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Drama

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Showbiz, Classics, Love & Romance