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Go Ask Alice (1973)

A 15-year-old girl in late-1960s America is sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs and eventually seeks help.


John Korty


Beatrice Sparks (book) (as Anonymous), Ellen M. Violett
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Sam
Ruth Roman ... Psychiatrist
Wendell Burton Wendell Burton ... Joel Clements
Julie Adams ... Dorothy
Andy Griffith ... Priest
Ayn Ruymen ... Jan
Mimi Saffian Mimi Saffian ... Beth Baum
Jennifer Edwards ... Chris
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Alice
Danny Michael Mann ... Richie (as Daniel Michael Mann)
Frederick Herrick Frederick Herrick ... Ted
Robert Carradine ... Bill
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Tim
Gary Marsh ... Tom
Mackenzie Phillips ... Doris (as Mackinzie Phillips)


15-year-old Alice is a shy girl who has problems relating to her parents; her primary confidante is her new diary. When the family moves for the college-English-professor father's new job, Alice apprehensively approaches the unfamiliar and befriends another shy girl, Beth, who shares her outsider status. But when summer separates them with Beth leaving for camp, Alice finds herself befriended by the "in" crowd, who introduce her to drugs. She likes how drugs make her feel less inhibited and is thrilled to be involved with college-man Richie. But she becomes addicted, taking uppers to deal with her parents, then sleeping pills to get off the drug-induced highs. She abandons Beth and gets to feeling that drugs are the only things that make her happy, until she and her "in" friends all must get involved in pushing drugs to keep themselves in cash. Eventually she realizes she's on a downward spiral and doesn't know how to escape. She eventually gets help from a priest and a psychiatrist. ... Written by Huggo

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A teenage girl's downward spiral into drug addiction. See more »









Release Date:

24 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go Ask Alice See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title comes from the Jefferson Airplane song from 1967, "White Rabbit", written by Grace Slick: "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small/And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all/Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall..." See more »


When Alice is in the hospital drinking from the cup, she holds it with her palms since her fingers are bandaged. Then there's a close-up of the cup and she's cupping it and then palming it again in the next shot. See more »


Priest: Do you want an opinion or an alibi?
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Crazy Credits

Opening disclaimer: This motion picture is based on the authentic diary of a 15 year old American girl. The only alterations have been those necessitated by considerations of length and acceptability for family viewing. See more »


Good Vibrations
Music and Lyrics by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
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Movies like this makes me want to take drugs again
11 January 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is an alarmist TV movie based on an alarmist young adult novel supposedly based on the diary of an actual fifteen-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose. The novel's origins were recently debunked, but anyone with a casual familiarity with drugs ought to realize both the book and the movie are mostly a lot of bunk. For instance, at one point in the book the character becomes a prostitute because she is addicted to LSD. Huh?! First off LSD, can create dangerous delusions and it might melt your mind, but it is NOT addictive. Moreover, it has always retailed for about $1 a hit and any "habit" could be financed by spare-changing for about a half an hour

Drugs ARE dangerous, even alcohol and marijuana to some extent, but I don't why people who have obviously never experienced them feel they have to make up ridiculous lies about them to keep kids away. If you tell kids that LSD or marijuana are addictive when they're not, they're not going to believe you about crack or heroin. And while I wouldn't recommend drugs to anybody, I wouldn't recommend going through life being a total tool either.

But getting to the movie (which actually leaves out some of the more absurd scenes of the book), I kind of liked it. It has a very groovy 70's feel to it. Being a TV movie it doesn't have nearly enough psychedelic freak out scenes, but it's better than most TV movies, definitely better than the kind they make today. It also feature Ayn Ruymen, a really pretty if obscure actress who appeared in Paul Bartel's "Private Parts" about the same time. Of course, it also was the debut of McKenzie Phillips the first of three completely untalented daughters of John Phillips of the "Mamas and Papas" fame, and if you know anything about THAT family, it's pretty ironic that any of them would have appeared in an anti-drug movie. Still it's good to finally this is available on (legitimate) DVD.

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