Scorsese marries road opera with pseudo-feminist semi-realistic melodrama and produces uneven but interesting results. When Alice's husband dies suddenly, leaving her with their 11-year-old son, she leaves for California, but finds herself stranded in Phoenix, down to her last few bucks. There she lands a job as a waitress in a diner where she meets kindly rancher Kristofferson. Notable for its female point of view, it was also the basis for the once-popular TV show "Alice." Burstyn and Ladd lend key performances, while Kristofferson is typically wooden.
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Available on VHS
Running time 105 minutes.
Oscars 1974: Actress (Burstyn); British Acad. 1975: Actress (Burstyn), Film, Screenplay, Support. Actress (Ladd).
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