Intrigued by the counterculture tale of Arlo Guthrie's epic 1968 talking-blues record The Alice's Restaurant Massacree, director Arthur Penn, co-scripting with playwright Venable Herndon, adapted the song into the 1969 feature Alice's Restaurant. Hippie outsider Arlo (Guthrie, playing himself) encounters suspicion from the straight world; visits his dying father, renowned leftist activist/singer Woody Guthrie (Joseph Boley), in the hospital along with friend Pete Seeger; and hangs out in the title converted church/commune created by his friends Alice (Pat Quinn) and her husband Ray (James Broderick). After Alice's Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat, Arlo is arrested for littering by rule-following Officer Obie Obanhein (William Obanhein, playing himself). That littering arrest helps Arlo avoid the Vietnam draft, but the commune is threatened after more personal, old-fashioned conflicts over sex and partnerships permeate Alice and Ray's alternative world.~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide
Cast: Patricia Quinn, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Lee Hays, James Broderick
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Written by: Arlo Guthrie, Venable Herndon
Running time: 1hr 51min
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