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Ugly, Ugly Movie Miss Sally Field
- Joella Lyndon
We've all seen them; the scores of beastly, abusive parents out there. We've seen them in grocery stores, in restaurants, picking their children up at school. They are everywhere and if you're like me when I watch the abuse in public it takes zero creativity to know how they are at home. Well here's a glimpse of how they are at home through the character of Tommy, Alice's bewildering and neglected son.This child deals with an abusive father while Alice makes excuses to the neighbor. He sits alone all day and night in a hotel room while Alice sleeps with a married father, who is a violent, wife beating, knife wielding neanderthal she picks up at her Phoenix saloon. The neglect continues in Tucson, except for Kris Kristopherson's guitar lessons, the boy is a second class citizen deserving of no affection, love or parenting.Ellen Burstyn deserves no sympathy and requests no sympathy. Her acting and mannerisms are annoying. Her character is self centered, crude, and incredibly disrespectful to her son and herself. It's all about her. Miss Field clearly sums her activism (Norma Ray anyone?) in her closing comments: "It is a wonderful film. I think it shows in an accurate way the strength of women's friendship and leaning on each other. [Miss Field then contrasts the portrayal of 'The Women' in the 30's as not being trusted] and this is I think more accurate on how women lean on each other, laugh with each other, how foul mouthed they are . . . " And might I add Miss Field, as a woman myself, how they are so completely self absorbed. How the "women's movement" deceived them into thinking that raising a child wasn't fulfilling. Loving, nurturing, teaching, managing a family was not what they should strive for but to live a life like Alice? Really? I guess this movie is worth watching in order to expose the reality of the feminist lies. Would you trust the character of Alice to raise your children?
Every Saturday I look at the schedule to see which classic will be broadcast at 8pm. This one is very disappointing. I realize not every Saturday night can be a great Katherine Hepburn or Cary Grant movie. But this one? An essential, really? I disagree. I will not be watching.
Alice doesn't Live here Anymore
- Dashiell Barnes
In this romantic drama, Scorsese proves he's capable of making a film about women. Burstyn delivers an "Oscar- worthy" performance, Ladd was nominated for her strong supporting work. Amazing cinematography, but the story was dull at times. A fine film to see from time- to- time. I give it a 3.5/5.
Interesting? Yes Essential? No
I really enjoy Ellen Burstyn in this; appreciate early Scorsese; Kris Kristofferson, well, just because. and ALWAYS, Jodie Foster in, well just about, anything. But this film as an ESSENTIAL? Just doesn't stand up to TCM's usual criteria-ground breaking or timeless or beautifully photographed, etc.
- Glen Pierce
I never say this movie before. Wow! Bursyn was really good. I can relate to this movie right now since I am unemployed somewhat. Her character acted like I feel now. Interesting Scorese movie as usual.
Not an Essential
I cannot believe TCM showed this as part of their Essentials series. The film is one of Martin Scorsese's weakest, an overwrought chick flick brimming with stereotypical characters, overacting and bad pacing. The only bright element is Diane Ladd as Flo in a role in which she should have won the Oscar for which she was nominated.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
- Jay Higgins
This is one of Martin Scorsese's best films, and is very unlike what you would expect from him. It's hard to believe this followed Mean Streets! Alice is a very sensitive film, with a strong feminist storyline. Ellen Burstyn gives a brilliant performance and she very much deserved her Oscar for this. Very real and believable. Remarkably perceptive with an outstanding screenplay, cinematography and score. A remarkable film.
I thought it was a good movie!
I can't believe this is not out on DVD!! This just shouldn't be. I've been looking for this movie on DVD forever and now know why I couldn't find it. Get real......put this movie out on DVD.