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Director: Daniel Petrie     Starring: James Garner James Woods
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202414200
UPC: 012569741140
UPC 14: 00012569741140
Rating: NR
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The True Story of the Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Based on the true story of Bill W., James Woods - in an Emmy award-winning performance - plays the successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 1920's. As a result Bill W. and his loving wife Lois (Jo Beth Williams) must come to grips with his depression and downward spiraling alcoholism. In Bill's quest for recovery, he forms a support group with fellow alcoholic, Dr. Bob (James Garner), which eventually leads to the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this inspiring portrayal, My Name is Bill W. movingly depicts the trials, trauma and triumph of people and loved ones coping and recovering from substance abuse. Director: Daniel Petrie. Starring: James Woods, Jo Beth Williams, James Garner and Gary Sinise.Running Time: 100 min.Format: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
James Woods gives an unforgettably moving Emmy-winning performance as Bill Wilson, the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, in director Daniel Petrie's poignant true story that chronicles one man's heroic struggle against alcohol addiction. Bill is a WWI veteran with a doting wife, Lois (JoBeth Williams), who enjoys a triumphant return from the war and great success on Wall Street during the Roaring 1920s. However, the stock market crash of 1929 ruins Bill's career and sends him spiraling into a deep alcoholic depression. Bill doesn't realize the seriousness of his disease until he hits bottom and meets another recovering alcoholic, Dr. Robert Smith (James Garner). As the two men become close and relate their experiences, they come up with an interesting way to stay sober. By making friends and sharing stories with other alcoholics, Bill and Robert continue to fight the battle against alcoholism and go on to found Alcoholics Anonymous, based on their own triumphant friendship. The work these two men began continues to help millions throughout the world who are in recovery and coping--one day at a time.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 74114
Video UPC UPC: 00012569741140
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Sinise
Video Cast Info James Garner
Video Cast Info James Woods
Video Cast Info JoBeth Williams
Video Cast Info Daniel Petrie - Director
Video Cast Info John Wright - Editor
Video Cast Info Laurence Rosenthal - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Neil Roach - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Paul Rubell - Editor
Video Cast Info Paul Rubell - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Peter K. Duchow - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info William G. Borchert - Writer
Plot Summary
MY NAME IS BILL W. is the critically acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame dramatization of the life of Bill Wilson who, after many years of struggling for sobriety, founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Dr. Robert Smith.


Golden Globe (1990)
   Video Award Name James Woods, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
   Video Award Name My Name Is Bill W., Nominee, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

Emmy (1989)
   Video Award Name Daniel Petrie, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special
   Video Award Name James Garner, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
Video Award Name James Woods, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
   Video Award Name William G. Borchert, Nominee, Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Woods,James
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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