My Name Is Bill W

My Name Is Bill W

Daniel Petrie (1989)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A stockbroker turns to drink after losing everything in the Great Depression. He eventually gets to grips with his addiction, and he and another recovering drinker draw on their own personal experiences to help others, founding the support group that became Alcoholics Anonymous. Fact-based drama, starring James Woods, James Garner, JoBeth Williams, George Coe and Gary Sinise.

Cast & Crew

Bill Wilson James Woods
Lois Wilson JoBeth Williams
Dr Bob Smith James Garner
Ebby Thatcher Gary Sinise
Frank Shaw George Coe
Dr Burnham Fritz Weaver
Director Daniel Petrie
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