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Alice’s Restaurant (1969)

A folk singer mingles with hippie dropouts in this satirical melodrama about the freewheeling lifestyle of the 1960s.

The theme is rather flimsy, but director Arthur Penn succeeds in wringing charm, energy, and comedy from the material.

Arlo Guthrie, who does quite well in his film debut, is especially funny in a scene where he is briefly and traumatically inducted into the US Army.

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The movie was inspired by Guthrie’s popular song of the same name. The movie was filmed on location in Van Deusenville MA, and originally released with an X rating.

Alice Brock (the real Alice who was paid $8,000 for her story) appears as Suzy.

Arlo
Arlo Guthrie
Alice 
Patricia Quinn
Ray
James Broderick
Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
Lee Hays
Lee Hays
Shelly
Michael McClanathan
Roger
Geoff Outlaw
Mari-chan
Tina Chen
Karin
Kathleen Dabney
Officer Obie
William Obanhein
Evangelist
Seth Allen
Blueglass
Monroe Arnold
Woody
Joseph Boley
Marjorie
Sylvia Davis

Director
Arthur Penn