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Alice's Restaurant 1969 film inspired by the title song of the Arlo Guthrie album Alices Restaurant. (The song itself is officially named "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree", but is frequently also called "Alice's Restaurant".)
The film, like the song, is loosely autobiographical. Arlo Guthrie plays himself.
Alice's Restaurant (the film) provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Eighteen minutes is long for a song but short for a film, so the film version adds additional incidents drawn from the same period in Arlo Guthrie's life.
- Autobiographical Role: Arlo Guthrie plays himself. Stockbridge police chief William Obanhein ("Officer Obie") plays himself, reportedly on the basis that making himself look like a fool was preferable to having somebody else make him look like a fool. Singer Pete Seeger plays himself. Actually the whole town of Stockbridge, more or less, played themselves.
- The Film of the Song
- Real Person Cameo: The real Alice appears in a couple of crowd scenes.
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