My Name is Bill W. (1989)


“It’s like any journey, Fred. It begins with the first step. ” – Bill Wilsonmy-name-is-bill-w-anytime-hallmark-hall-of-fame-dvd1431_1470_11

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how two alcoholics created Alcoholics Anonymous to save themselves and millions others in the 1930’s

My Take on it – I found this to be a quite interesting and educational movie about the origin of a very popular program that has contributed to saving so many lives, families, careers and countless other things over the years.

I think that this movie could have been even better if it had been longer because the last third felt very rushed despite being an essential part of the plot and of history.

James Woods and James Garner are both excellent here and show us vulnerabilities in their characters who are trying to change and save their lives.

I loved how this movies doesn’t try to sugarcoat any of the effects of alcoholism and tries very hard to give us an accurate account of alcoholics lives back in the 30’s.

Bottom Line – Very interesting ‘origins’ movie that could have been even better if it had been longer. The final third felt a bit rushed. Woods and Garner are both excellent. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything and we get a real picture of the life of an alcoholic back then. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Woods won an Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special for this role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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