Story of Al-Anon founder has powerful moments

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010

In 1989, the Hallmark Hall of Fame television series told the story of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. James Woods won an Emmy playing Bill Wilson in “My Name Is Bill W.” JoBeth Williams played his long-suffering wife, Lois, and James Garner was AA co-founder “Dr. Bob” Smith.

This new Hallmark Hall of Fame focuses on “Bill W.’s” wife, Lois, played skillfully by Winona Ryder, who blames herself for her inability to keep her husband sober. As Bill W., Barry Pepper gives the role all he’s got. Their performances are reason enough to see the movie, which, despite some powerful moments, seems disjointed and too familiar.

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8 Comments on “Story of Al-Anon founder has powerful moments”

  1. This is a right kind of project for a very talented actress like Ms. Winona Ryder! Her skills are not to be wasted… She is one of the most treasured talent the Hollywood ever had!!!

  2. I think what she is doing is Great ! Been there , done that , but with parents, I know what it’s like to live with alcoholic’s !I want to see the movie.

  3. Very well done. This film was beautiful and important on many levels.
    Somehow I have always felt Winona has been this timeless success.
    And that secret just may be in her happy confident smile – the same one she’s always had from the very beginning.

    Yep, yep.

    But I just have to ask one seemingly pointless qeustion: If love ever is not enough, then what is, I ask you? (Hey now, me thinks :love: is all there truly can be … to be enough.)

    Be good, be great. (:^)

  4. @M…Mantry, “When Love is Not Enough” then, faith in God will be enough to overcome everything. 😀

  5. I’m so happy to get my Winona fix, I’m tellin’ you. Now the wait is on for “Black Swan”, “Stay Cool”, and “Cheaters”. Cheers!

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