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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from the Jefferson Airplane song from 1967, "White Rabbit", written by Grace Slick: "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small/And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all/Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall..." 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

Priest: Do you want an opinion or an alibi?
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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 »

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Spanish Flea
Music by Julius Wechter
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Go Ask Alice, Keri
22 March 2004 | by kazeckjdSee all my reviews

This movie would only be appealing to me if I were on drugs just like the main character Alice (Jamie Smith-Jackson) was. At times, I could barely follow the story line because the scenes jumped around quite a bit. In these scenes, the acting seemed as if the actors will still reading off the scripts. The emotion just wasn't there. The characters just stood there, said their lines, and a new scene was up. The jumping from one scene to the next caused some editing problems. Not enough of the story was told. For example, when Alice meets Chris (Jennifer Edwards) in the shop. Alice is dressed and her hair is done. The next scene Alice and Chris are dressed like twins with their hair ironed. I was confused on how she would change so fast. The dialogues between all the characters were short and not a lot of important things were said. One line was, ` Now you're holding,' said by Jan (Ayn Ruymen) and then it was the end of that scene. The movie didn't grab my attention. This may have also occurred because I read the book before hand. The movie switched a lot of the scenes around and removed some of the characters. But they can only do so much with a movie taken from a book.


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