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Go Ask Alice (1973)

A 15-year-old girl in late-1960s America is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs and eventually seeks help.

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Beatrice Sparks (book) (as Anonymous), Ellen M. Violett
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Sam
Ruth Roman ... Psychiatrist
Wendell Burton Wendell Burton ... Joel Clements
Julie Adams ... Dorothy
Andy Griffith ... Priest
Ayn Ruymen ... Jan
Mimi Saffian Mimi Saffian ... Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards ... Chris
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Alice
Danny Michael Mann ... Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick Frederick Herrick ... Ted
Robert Carradine ... Bill
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Tim
Gary Marsh ... Tom
Mackenzie Phillips ... Doris (as Mackinzie Phillips)
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Storyline

15-year-old Alice is a shy girl who has problems relating to her parents; her primary confidante is her new diary. When the family moves for the college-English-professor father's new job, Alice apprehensively approaches the unfamiliar and befriends another shy girl, Beth, who shares her outsider status. But when summer separates them with Beth leaving for camp, Alice finds herself befriended by the "in" crowd, who introduce her to drugs. She likes how drugs make her feel less inhibited and is thrilled to be involved with college-man Richie. But she becomes addicted, taking uppers to deal with her parents, then sleeping pills to get off the drug-induced highs. She abandons Beth and gets to feeling that drugs are the only things that make her happy, until she and her "in" friends all must get involved in pushing drugs to keep themselves in cash. Eventually she realizes she's on a downward spiral and doesn't know how to escape. She eventually gets help from a priest and a psychiatrist. ... Written by Huggo

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The moving story of a 16 year old drug addict based on her diary. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go Ask Alice See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alice lives somewhere in the Cincinnati area. The area code in her diary, that the priest reads off, is 513. See more »

Goofs

When Alice is in the hospital drinking from the cup, she holds it with her palms since her fingers are bandaged. Then there's a close-up of the cup and she's cupping it and then palming it again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Can you believe it? Stoned out of our minds, and my own parents can't tell the difference. How did they get to the age they are?
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: This motion picture is based on the authentic diary of a 15 year old American girl. The only alterations have been those necessitated by considerations of length and acceptability for family viewing. See more »

Soundtracks

Good Vibrations
Music and Lyrics by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
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Read the book.
4 February 2004 | by theatre_13See all my reviews

The movie was decent, but it left so much of the amazing imagery out. Also, the book really examines Alice's relationships with people and her feelings of loneliness. The movie was not personal enough. There is an intimacy in reading Alice's diary that draws you in and makes you really experience what she felt. I thought the movie approached this too much as a public service announcement.


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