This movie became the basis for a long running TV sitcom - "Alice" that starred Linda Lavin in the title role. As in the movie, it follows the life of a suddenly single mom running from life and trying to find her piece of the world.
The movie stars Ellen Burstyn as Alice, Kris Kristofferson as David, Alfred Lutter as Tommy, Diane Ladd as Flo, Harvey Keitel as Ben, Vic Tayback as Mel (went on to play in TV series too) and my fav Jodie Foster as Audrey.
We come across Alice living an abusive life with her husband and son. When her husband dies, she packs up and takes off for glorious California hoping to break into the singing world (good luck!). After her car breaks down in Arizona, she gets a job at the local diner and becomes friends with Flo.
David is a rancher that frequents the restaurant and begins a courtship with Alice, overseen by Flo, Mel and Tommy. The guy really doesn't get a break. But all in all, they finally get together.
Foster plays the other waitress Audrey and really has no large part in the movie, but she is there! Burstyn gave a remarkable performance that earned her an Academy Award and Tayback didn't just play his part, he lived it. Probably why he continued on when it went to television.
Not the best fare out there, but a good flick nonetheless. Heck, I think even the entire family could watch this one! By the way, she never makes it singing, but she wasn't that good anyway :)
**** out of **** lice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn) loses her husband to a tragic car wreck. It was not a happy marriage, with Burstyn having virtually no one else to turn to but her preteen son Tommy (Alfred Lutter), who the man himself hated the most (they often fought over how loud the music he was listening to was). Alice doesn't stay in town long. She would rather leave the life she once unhappily lived behind. When she married her former husband, Alice had to let go of a life-long … more
After stunning audiences with his ferociously personal, gritty depictions of masculinity in WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (1968) and MEAN STREETS (1973), Martin Scorsese bade farewell to his native New York City in order to direct this delightfully bittersweet portrait of an unflappable single mother. The Oscar-winning Ellen Burstyn is flat-out marvelous as Alice Hyatt, a newly widowed woman who hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a singer. Fleeing her small New Mexico town with her 11-year-old son, Tommy (the hilariously spunky Alfred Lutter), Alice promises not to stop until they reach her hometown of Monterey, California. But after a near disaster in Phoenix (compliments of the fiery Harvey Keitel), the pair settles in Tucson, where Alice grudgingly takes a job as a waitress. It's there where she meets the irresistible David (Kris Kristofferson), a warmhearted customer who won't take no for an answer. At the same time, Tommy befriends Audrey (Jodie Foster), a young tomboy with a mischievou...