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My Name Is Bill W.

My Name Is Bill W.

George Coe
Director: Daniel Petrie Sr. Cast: George Coe
George Coe
, Robert Harper
Robert Harper
, Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
Daniel Petrie Sr.

DVD (Full Frame)

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My Name Is Bill W reunited the stars of the highly acclaimed 1986 TV movie The Promise: James Garner and James Woods. This time Woods has the bigger role as the real-life Bill Wilson, who comes marching home from World War One with a "little" liquor problem. He drinks steadily throughout the Prohibition Era, but Wilson's habit doesn't catch up with him until he is ruined by the 1929 stock market crash. This disaster propels Wilson into flat-out alcoholism, costing him his family and his reputation. While drying out in detox, Wilson strikes up a friendship with Bob Smith (Garner), an alcoholic doctor. Through Smith's influence, Bill Wilson organizes a small band of chronic drinkers into what will eventually become Alcoholics Anonymous. The formation of AA consumes the emotional final third of My Name Is Bill W, which like its Garner/Woods predecessor The Promise was originally presented as a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV special.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
UPC: 0012569741140
Original Release: 1989
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 5,957

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of My Name Is Bill W.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Coe Actor
Robert Harper Actor
Fritz Weaver Actor
James Woods Bill Wilson
JoBeth Williams Lo
James Garner Dr. Bob
Gary Sinise Ebby
Ray Reinhardt Actor
Richard Warner Bill D
Joe Inscoe Fred
Mark Joy Guy Kolb
Bruce Morrow Chief Engineer
Daniel Moore Soldier #3
Jack Garner Zack
Max Maxwell Casey
Rick Marshall Artie
Bev Appleton Hank
John Badila Leonard Strong

Technical Credits
Daniel Petrie Director,Producer
William G. Borchert Screenwriter
Peter K. Duchow Executive Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
James Garner Executive Producer
Fred Harpman Production Designer
John Wright Editor
Neil Roach Cinematographer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Paul Rubell Associate Producer,Editor
Richard Spero Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Name Is Bill W.
1. Goodbye, Smitty [4:32]
2. Home From War [2:36]
3. No Sale [4:52]
4. Tragedy [3:28]
5. On Our Way [5:04]
6. Enlarged [3:57]
7. No Bum For a Partner [5:45]
8. The Crash [3:42]
9. Difficult to Manage [3:47]
10. Dire Prognosis [4:12]
11. What I Want Is a Drink [4:24]
12. Ebby's Visit [9:03]
13. Lois Wants to Live [4:24]
14. Something to Hang On To [2:27]
15. Drunk Who Doesn't Drink [5:01]
16. Another Drunk Needed [5:02]
17. Dr. Bob Smith [4:45]
18. Just Drinks [4:40]
19. What I Have to Do [4:10]
20. Spreading the Word [2:02]
21. Keep it Simple [3:56]
22. First Step [6:28]
23. End Credits [1:02]

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