Ellen Burstyn ("The Exorcist," "Same Time, Next Year") won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this memorable comedy-drama about a widowed mother suddenly forced to take charge of her own life. Director Martin Scorcese ("Cape Fear," "GoodFellas") guides a wonderful cast including the very young future Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster ("Maverick," "The Silence of the Lambs"), singer-actor Kris Kristofferson ("Lone Star," "A Star Is Born") and Oscar-nominees Diane Ladd ("Ramblin' Rose") and Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction"). This classic film served as the basis for the long-running TV comedy hit "Alice."
Unique funny film
A woman and her son suddenly find themselves without a husband and father and go on the road to where she thinks her dreams are waiting as a singer. Along the way they are detoured and she takes a job as a waitress, as her only "job experience" is as a housewife. And during a time when women who stayed home to care for their family weren't considered to have much value, she struggles to be a good waitress. But this film is not the TV show of the same name. It's nothing like it, despite the witty dialog. It's serious and funny and the unusual relationship between mother and son has you asking who's the parent here? Burstyn meets men along the way, some not so nice, some are (Kristofferson.) I watched this film when it came out in the 80's and it still holds up, even without the Internet.
This is an old, tired movie script with marginal acting by today's standards. Don't waste the rental fee.
By only nickname that wasn't take
Pretty good movie, but one of the most bizzare and worst trailers I have ever seen. Doesn't really tell you anything about the movie.
Endearing & Hilarious
By barack me like a hurricane
Some of the most authentic and quirky characters I've seen. Burstyn is just phenomenal. Bittersweet at times and has some real insight about life. Anyways, can't recommend it enough!
HEY!!! THIS IS SCORSESE!!! ONE GREAT FILM!!
In the 80's (I think it was the 80's :()) there was a TV show called "Alice" A show based on this film and couldn't come close to this great movie. Ellen is great as is the kid who plays her son. Also in a small but good role is Jodie Foster. Rent it and see for yourself. You may just buy it to see it again and again. Five BIG stars!!!!