Alice's Restaurant

Rated R 111 minutes

Intrigued by the counterculture tale of Arlo Guthrie's epic 1968 talking-blues record The Alice's Restaurant Massacree, director Arthur Penn, co-scripting with playwright Venable Herndon, adapted the song into the 1969 feature Alice's Restaurant. Hippie outsider Arlo (Guthrie, playing himself) encounters suspicion from the straight world; visits his dying father, renowned leftist activist/singer Woody Guthrie (Joseph Boley), in the hospital along with friend Pete Seeger; and hangs out in the title converted church/commune created by his friends Alice (Pat Quinn) and her husband Ray (James Broderick). After Alice's Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat, Arlo is arrested for littering by rule-following Officer Obie Obanhein (William Obanhein, playing himself). That littering arrest helps Arlo avoid the Vietnam draft, but the commune is threatened after more personal, old-fashioned conflicts over sex and partnerships permeate Alice and Ray's alternative world.~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Arthur Penn

Writer: Arlo Guthrie and Venable Herndon

Cast: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays

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