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My Name Is Bill W

  • Drama
  • 1989
  • Daniel Petrie
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring James Woods, JoBeth Williams and James Garner. Bill Wilson had everything - a loving wife, good health and a promising career as a stockbroker. Then came the Depression, and a dizzying downward spiral into a state of almost perpetual drunkenness. But a chance meeting with an alcoholic surgeon triggers a dramatic change of direction.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Few of the familiar Hollywood clichés about drunks are present in the script of this impressive drama about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Daniel Petrie's direction is sensitive and well tuned to the remarkable actors. James Woods is compelling as Bill Wilson, living and drinking himself to an early grave until he meets Dr Bob Smith, another alcoholic, played by the excellent James Garner. Together they put the cork in the bottle and start the famous meetings. There's splendid support, too, from JoBeth Williams, Fritz Weaver and Gary Sinise, best known as the wheelchair-using war veteran in Forrest Gump.

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Cast

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Bill WilsonJames Woods
Lois WilsonJoBeth Williams
Dr Bob SmithJames Garner
Ebby ThatcherGary Sinise
Frank ShawGeorge Coe
Dr BurnhamFritz Weaver

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DirectorDaniel Petrie

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