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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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This is the second movie that Charles Martin Smith worked on with Mackenzie Phillips. They both worked on American Graffiti (1973), and would also work on More American Graffiti (1979). In all three movies, they do not share any scenes together. 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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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

It Ain't Easy
Music and Lyrics by Ron Davies
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Pretty daring for its time.
17 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the early 1970s, America was still in denial about drugs. Like the parents of Alice in this film, "other" kids use drugs and the risk to their own kids is minimal. So, this film where the fictionalized "girl next door" and her fall into drug dependence is meant to wake up folks to the potential horrors of drugs.

Jamie Smith-Jackson stars as Alice, though oddly established actors like William Shatner, Ruth Roman and Julia Adams are listed at the top of the credits--and Jamie in the middle. I say this is odd because Shatner, Roman and Adams really were barely in the movie at all and the film is about Alice! As for these screen veterans, Shatner and Adams especially did great impersonations of blocks of wood. Perhaps the film made them too out of it--and they were a bit hard to believe as their characters weren't fully established. As for newcomer Smith-Jackson, she did a pretty good job helming this film.

The big star of the film, however, is the writing. The story didn't come off as trite or that whitewashed (at least for a made for TV movie) and was good entertainment and a nice public warning about drugs. A very good and well made film overall. And, considering I have worked in drug rehab and with prison populations, I have seen first hand the horrors that might befall those who make the choice to use drugs of all types--including alcohol.


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