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Alcohol in Film

Hancock (2008)

Directed by Peter Berg. Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan. "The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero.

High and Dizzy (1920)

Director, Hal Roach. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks, Wallace Howe. After a long wait, a young doctor finally has a patient come to his office. She is a young woman whose father has brought her to be treated for sleep-walking, but the father becomes annoyed with the doctor, and takes his daughter away. Soon afterward, the young doctor shares in a drinking binge with another doctor who has built a still in his office. After a series of misadventures, the two of them wind up in the same hotel where the daughter and her father are staying, leading to some hazardous predicaments.

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Director, Vadim Perelman. With Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Navi Rawat, Carlos Gomez. Two strangers with conflicting pursuits of the American Dream engage in a fight for their hopes at any cost. What begins as a struggle over a rundown bungalow spirals into a clash that propels everyone involved toward a shocking resolution. 126 min.
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Humoresque (1947)

Directed by Jean Negulesco; screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold, based on a story by Fannie Hurst; starring Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish. A glamorous but alcoholic socialite, trapped in a marriage to an older man, finds herself falling in love with a young violinist (Garfield) from the Lower East Side whose performance she is underwriting. Lester Friedman, in his "Hollywood's Image of the Jew" (NY: Ungar, 1982), p. 36) calls the film the "quintessential ghetto film." 126 min.

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet, Don Taylor, Ray Danton. Biographical film that tells the story of Lillian Roth, who battled alcoholism as she worked her way to Broadway stardom. After her fall from fame to a booze-hazy existence on L.A.'s Skid Row, she fought her way back with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Indebted (2005)

Directed by Jose Rosete. Cast: Jose Rosete, Dona Wood, Katie McKinley-Colman. Ramon battles many issues in his life, including alcoholism, financial debt, and his own insecurities. As a result, his relationships with his ex-wife and daughter suffer. All of this has taken a toll on him and Ramon contemplates giving up on life altogether. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 15 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Intoxicating (2003)

Directed by Mark David. Cast: Mark David, William Tabanou. The story of the downward spiral of a charismatic heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs, trading stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine. The film follows him through a maze of clubs and binges and surgeries, into the heart of drug abuse. 108 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jack Daniels (2005)

Director, Miguel Creus. A drama examining the impact of a man's drunken behavior on his wife and child. 7 min.