Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974, USA) C-112m. *** D: Martin Scorsese. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Green Bush, Diane Ladd, Lelia Goldoni, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Laura Dern. Early Scorsese drama about widowed 35-year-old mother Burstyn, who, after the death of her brutish spouse, promises her son to take him to Monterey - in search of a better life. Moody, authentic, well-acted drama isn't among Scorsese's top achievements; he tries too hard to imitate the Nouvelle Vague and keeps movie slightly too episodic. Still, some found this excellent. Burstyn won Best Actress Oscar, Scorsese went on to direct TAXI DRIVER (1976). Larry Cohen is credited as production executive. Followed by a TV series.


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