My Name Is Bill W.

Directed By: Daniel Petrie Starring: James Garner James Woods

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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


Studio Warner
SKU 202414200
UPC 012569741140
UPC 14 00012569741140
Format DVD
Release Date 6/6/2006
Rating NR
Character Study
Personal Triumph
Social Issues
Substance Abuse
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Daniel Petrie
James Garner
James Woods
Cast & Crew
Daniel Petrie - Director
Gary Sinise - Actor
James Garner - Actor
James Woods - Actor
JoBeth Williams - Actor
John Wright - Editor
Laurence Rosenthal - Original Music By
Neil Roach - Cinematographer
Paul Rubell - Editor
Paul Rubell - Executive Producer
Peter K. Duchow - Executive Producer
William G. Borchert - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 74114
UPC 00012569741140
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Golden Globe (1990) James Woods, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV,My Name Is Bill W., Nominee, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Emmy (1989) Daniel Petrie, Nominee, Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special,James Garner, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special,James Woods, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special,William G. Borchert, Nominee, Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Woods,James
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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