Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ★★½ 1974 (PG)

Scorsese marries road opera with pseudo-feminist semi-realistic melodrama and produces uneven but interesting results. When Alice's husband dies suddenly, leaving her with their 11-year-old son, she leaves for California, but finds herself stranded in Phoenix, down to her last few bucks. There she lands a job as a waitress in a diner where she meets kindly rancher Kristofferson. Notable for its female point of view, it was also the basis for the once-popular TV show “Alice.” Burstyn and Ladd lend key performances, while Kris-tofferson is typically wooden. 105m/C VHS, DVD . Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Vic Tayback, Billy Green Bush, Laura Dern; D: Martin Scorsese; W: Robert Getchell; C: Kent Wakeford; M: Richard LaSalle. Oscars '74: Actress (Burstyn); British Acad. '75: Actress (Burstyn), Film, Screenplay, Support. Actress (Ladd).