Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Original movie cast starring Diane Ladd, Valerie Curtin, Ellen Burstyn and Vic Tayback. Director Martin Scorsese on far left.
The TV series ALICE was based on the movie of a similar name, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," produced in 1974 and directed by Martin Scorsese. The movie, like the series, originally consisted of Alice, Tommy, Flo, Vera and Mel. Mel was played by Vic Tayback in both, and Diane Ladd played the part of Flo in the movie but went on to play the part of Belle in the series. Alfred Lutter played the part of Tommy in the movie and the pilot episode of the series. His role was then taken over by Philip McKeon in subsequent shows. Brief appearances were also made by Jodie Foster, who played the part of Tommy's friend, as well as Laura Dern, who's nonspeaking part included eating ice cream at the Diner's counter. The Diner in this movie is called "Mel and Ruby's Diner." In stark contrast to the series, however, the movie takes on an earthy tone, with frequent cursing, disrespect among characters, and abusive relationships.
General synopsis: Ellen Burstyn stars as Alice, an unhappy housewife living in New Mexico with her cruel husband, Donald (Billy Green Bush) and her obnoxious son, Tommy (Alfred Lutter). When her husband dies suddenly in a trucking accident, she packs up her belongings and heads for California where she hopes she will realize her dream of being a singer. On her way, she has a brief fling with the vicious Harvey Keitel but has to flee when she encounters his violent temper. Her car breaks down in Arizona and she has to work in a Tuscon diner, where she befriends Flo (Diane Ladd), a fellow waitress, and embarks on an uneasy courtship with a local rancher (Kris Kristofferson).