Bill W. (2012)



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Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women - a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Bill W.

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

The best thing about "Bill W." is it paints the man as both inspirational and weak, damaged and determined and always searching. It makes Bill W. human.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Detroit News
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Pretty much like the man himself: solid, sometimes flawed and seriously unflashy.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Bill W." tells the story of Bill Wilson and the organization he co-founded, Alcoholics Anonymous.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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A fascinating character study, whether you have any connection (as so many do) to the so-called recovery movement.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Arizona Republic
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This is a real portrait that demonstrates that even when alcoholics quit drinking, it doesn't cure them of their other flaws. But it also gives credit where it's due.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Washington Post
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This film's impact is hampered by a slavish adherence to chronology and vintage audio materials.

Full Review… | May 28, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Bill W.

Presents a much more nuanced look at "Bill W." and Alcoholics Anonymous than I would have expected. There's not enough time in an hour and a half or so to dig deep, but it certainly scoops below the surface regularly.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Never before have I been so moved by a film. It is beautifully shot and sequenced and possibly one of the most enjoyable documentaries I have ever seen. As a non-AA member, I was still completely captivated by the amazing story of Bill W.

Mandy Rondo
Mandy Rondo

this was quite interesting, contains a lot of footage and photo's of Bill and the people in his life that were close to him; it also contained information that i had not heard previously; and it covered the aspect of how difficult it was for Bill himself to be anonymous, and just be an AA member instead of to be so revered and looked up to by AA's members; it also covered the necessity and development of the traditions as well as the whole LSD situation which is explained in detail; if you are interested at all in this subject, I suggest you see this, it's a tad bit long, but I found the subject matter and the contents worth hanging in there for

Forrest Parnell
Forrest Parnell

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