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 wif... more »e 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. DVD Features:
TV Special:A powerful, autobiographical story of an extraordinary friendship that developed into the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous.« less
"I loved all of this movie; however, I particularly like the part where Bill W and his wife are attending a group where Bill is not known and everyone is quoting him. You see the look in his eyes, the desire to say I'm the Bill W you all are talking about, he looks at his wife she gives him a knowing look and he turns away from the people talking about how great he is to work one on one with new man. This is indeed what the program is about. I would also recommend the book an Encounter With A Prophet to see what all of the God stuff is about."
The "ROOTS" of "Alcoholics Anonymous"
Bookworm | Marietta, Georgia United States | 03/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Are you an alocoholic? Is someone you love an alcoholic?It really doesn't matter. This movie, regrettably is available only on VHS, will give you insight, understanding, and hope. Hope, that most fragile of words, is the basis of this incredible made-for-TV motion picture.Bill Wilson comes home from World War I a hero. He then conquers Wall Street. He marries the love of his life, Lois. He then discovers both a new god, a new lover, a new idol; the bottle. This unflinching film looks at the descent of of alcoholic into hell, and his journey back, guided, not by the spirit of Virgil, but by another alcoholic, Doctor Bob. Together, they find a "cure" for an "incurable" disease. The disease of alcoholism.Neither could cure themselves, but together, they could find the way out of hell into if not paradise, at least life; life on life's terms.This film has been called the AA "Roots." I won't take up that guantlet. This film stands alone. The performances by James Woods, JoBeth Williams and James Garner stand on their own merits. It tells the story of one man's descent into the hell of addiction < and YES, alcoholism is an addiction >, and his return to the land of the living. Woods plays Bill W. with remarkable restraint, not denigrating into the hystrionics of Jack Lemmon in "The Lost Weekend"; as brilliant and well-meaning as that film is. Nor does this movie fall into high camp, as did "Reefer Madness" in the late Thirties. Instead, in "My Name Is Bill W.", we see a man driven to the depths of despair. A man beaten is beaten into the dust. To quote Cecil B. DeMille, "the dust from which prophets and holy men are formed. . ."Yet, this film is not preachy. It tells a story. A true story, all the more frightening, because it is true. Watch this movie. Listen to its message of hope, of truth, of honesty, openness, and willingness. Hear the story of the damned, who somehow, someway, found salvation.You will be moved. I promise you."
Wonderful Movie on The Birth of A. A.
Kelly P. | Tyler, TX | 09/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a recovering alcoholic myself, I find this movie an accurate and moving portrayal on the life of Bill Wilson and the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous. James Woods is always a marvelous actor, but here he delivers a tour de force performance as Bill Wilson. Also in the cast is the ever-delightful JoBeth Williams of Big Chill fame. James Garner plays Dr. Bob Smith, who, along with Bill, founded A. A. in 1935. Garner also co-produced the project. This was originally aired on television as a Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie in 1989. Very inspiring!"
A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE IN THE 12 STEP PROGRAM
Kelly P. | 04/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are recovering from any type of substance abuse and want to know the history of how Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, you MUST see this video. It tells the story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith and their fight in overcoming their life threatening illness of alcoholism. This is the story on how AA got started and if you participate in AA you will gain a new perspective on how hopelessness can turn into peace and serenity in this incredible fellowship. If you've read Bill's Story in the Big Book, you will be amazed at how well this film was done!"
Excellent! Wonderful a movie you'll remember for a lifetime!
firstname.lastname@example.org | New York, USA | 04/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is about the history of Bill Wilson, co-founder of A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous). It is a wonderful story of how Bill and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) met and started the fellowship that has kept millions of people sober around the world. The story also gives as a look at Bills experience, strength, and hope. This story will diclose in a general way, what he used to be like, what happened, and what he is like now. His wife Lois is also featured in this movie. My Name is Bill W. is a film that you will be sure to remember for the rest of your life!!!"