My Name Is Bill W. (1989)

My Name Is Bill W. (1989)





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My Name Is Bill W reunited the stars of the highly acclaimed 1986 TV movie The Promise: James Garner and James Woods. This time Woods has the bigger role as the real-life Bill Wilson, who comes marching home from World War One with a "little" liquor problem. He drinks steadily throughout the Prohibition Era, but Wilson's habit doesn't catch up with him until he is ruined by the 1929 stock market crash. This disaster propels Wilson into flat-out alcoholism, costing him his family and his reputation. While drying out in detox, Wilson strikes up a friendship with Bob Smith (Garner), an alcoholic doctor. Through Smith's influence, Bill Wilson organizes a small band of chronic drinkers into what will eventually become Alcoholics Anonymous. The formation of AA consumes the emotional final third of My Name Is Bill W, which like its Garner/Woods predecessor The Promise was originally presented as a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV special.
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Garner-Duchow Productions


James Garner
as Dr. Bob
James Woods
as Bill Wilson
Rick Warner
as Bill D
Joe Inscoe
as Fred
Mark Joy
as Guy Kolb
Bruce Morrow
as Chief Engineer
Daniel K. Moore
as Soldier #3
John Badila
as Leonard Strong
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
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Audience Reviews for My Name Is Bill W.

James Woods plays Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Now that's what I call good casting!

Jeff Dickerson
Jeff Dickerson

An incredible story of how AA was founded. I've been lucky enough to never have a drinking (or drug) problem but I pray for those who have / do. Never give up hope. Find someone either you care about or who cares about you and take that first step. It's hell but it's not impossible.

Eddy May
Eddy May

Good dramatization of the start of AA.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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