Bill W. (film)
|Directed by||Dan Carracino
|Produced by||Dan Carracino|
|Written by||Dan Carracino
Patrick Gambuti Jr.
|Starring||Bill Wilson (voice)
Blake J. Evans
|Music by||Gil Talmi|
|Edited by||Patrick Gambuti Jr.|
|Distributed by||Page 124 Productions|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Bill W. is an 2012 American biographical film directed by Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon, about William Griffith Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the first feature length documentary on Wilson.
The film includes interviews with several recovering alcoholics who are photographed in dark shadows to obscure their identity, and also makes use of dramatic reenactments to visualize key events in Wilson's life. Blake J. Evans portrays Wilson in the film.
- Leila J. Babson as Anne Smith
- Kathleen Emmans as Nell Wing
- Julia Schell as Lois Wilson
- Blake J. Evans as Bill Wilson
- Bill Wilson as Himself (voice)
- Chris Gates as Dr. Bob
- Dr. Bob as Himself (voice)
- Julia Schell as Lois Wilson
- Laura Kauffmann as Martha Deane
- Tim Intravia as Ebby T.
- Rachel Lynn Jackson as Ruth Hock
- Dennis Lowell as Hank Parkhurst
- Ron Nagle as Bill's Grandfather
- Max Owens as Young Bill Wilson
- Lenore Pershing as Henrietta Seiberling
- Norman Shultz as Father Ed Dowling
- Francis Stallings as Kathleen Parkhurst
- Catherine Hogan as Waitress
- Stephen A. Schwartz as Kevin Swift
Making a film about the founder of an anonymous society presented the filmmakers with challenges. For example, by the time production began, there were few people still alive that knew Wilson, and it first appeared that there was very little visual material available on Wilson. The filmmakers were able to unearth little-seen archival footage and previously unpublished photographs of Wilson and the people in his life.
Upon its release, the reviews of the film have been favorable. As of May 22, 2012, the film received a 100% positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and a 78 Metascore (with all favorable reviews) on Metacritic. Ernest Hardy in his Village Voice review described the film as "a loving, exhaustive, warts-and-all look at the man who spent years battling his own alcoholism before a spiritual experience in the hospital set him on the course to help others."
- Urycki, Mark (27 March 2012). "Bill W. documentary at CIFF". Kent, Ohio: WKSU. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Linden, Sheri (18 May 2012). "'Bill W.' cuts through the anonymity". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 22 May 2012.
Laudatory but never simplistic, "Bill W." is a thoroughly engrossing portrait of Wilson, his times and the visionary fellowship that is his legacy.
- "About". Page 124 Productions. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "In Theaters Now". Page 124 Productions. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Bill W. (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Bill W. (2012)". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- Hardy, Ernest. "Bill W.". Village Voice. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Official Site
- Bill W. at the Internet Movie Database
- Bill W. documentary at CIFF (audio segment with partial transcript) from WKSU-FM