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Alcohol in Film

Sophie (2002)

Directed by Helen Haeyoung Lee. Cast: Monique Dami Lee, Elizabeth Lee, John Shin, Satya Lee, Charlie S. Lee. A somber, disquieting portrait of a Korean American family trapped in the miserable grasp of an abusive, alcoholic patriarch, told from the point of view of Sophie, a girl in the family. 29 min.

Ten Nights in a Barroom (1931)

Directed by William O'Connor. Cast: William Farnum, Thomas Santschi, Patty Lou Lynd, Robert Fraser, Phyllis Barrington. A melodrama about the degrading effects of alcohol. Set in a small western town around 1910, this is the story of a well-respected man who avoids the local saloon until by chance he succumbs to drink and his life falls apart. Released during the Prohibition era as a statement for temperance. 72 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Tender Mercies (1983)

Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Allan Hubbard, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin. An alcoholic drifter comes into the life of a lonely widow and her young son in the barren flatlands of Texas. But when Mac is revealed to be a once-famous country singer, he must confront a painful past that includes his bitter superstar ex-wife. Special features: "Miracles & mercies" featurette - featuring interviews with stars Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Allan Hubbard, director Bruce Beresford, and writer/co-producer Horton Foote; theatrical trailer. 92 min.

The Alcohol Years (2005)

A film by Carol Morley. A poetic retrieval of the years filmmaker Carol Morley spent in Manchester, where in the early 1980s, her life was lost in an alcoholic blur. In Morley's search for her lost self, conflicting memories and viewpoints weave in and out, revealing a portrait of the city, its pop culture, and the people who lived it. 79 min.

The Country Girl (1954)

Directed by George Seaton. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds, Jacqueline Fontaine, Eddie Ryder, Robert Kent, John W. Reynolds. Frank Elgin is an alcoholic actor and singer who gets a second chance at stardom. His long suffering wife, Georgie, and their marriage is put to the test. Frank is desperate to make a come back and Bernie Dodd is the hotshot Broadway director in need of a "name" star for his new stage production. Georgie is both weary of her husband's weaknesses and Dodd's motives.

The Cure (1917)

Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin (Alcoholic Gentleman at Spa), Edna Purviance (Fellow Guest at Spa). Chaplin causes mayhem, finds romance, and cures his alcohol addiction at a fancy hotel/spa-resort.

The Hangover (2009)

Directed by Todd Phillips. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor. Two days before his wedding, Doug and his groomsmen take off for a 24-hour stag party in Las Vegas. The morning after their arrival in Vegas, they awaken in their Caesars Palace hotel suite each with the worst hangover. No one remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles and Doug is missing. Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand and go on a journey of discovery.

The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del Santo Bevitore) (Italy | France, 1988)

Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon. Rutger Hauer plays an alcoholic derelict in 1930s Paris who comes into a large sum of money. Though his benefactor is a human stranger, Hauer attributes his windfall to Santo Bevitor, or the "saint of drunkards." When Hauer tries to pay back the favor, he is constantly thwarted by society's "better" people. Based on the novel by Joseph Roth. 125 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database