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Does any one know of any recovery movies?2004-12-22T20:05:54-08:00
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    Several weeks ago I stumbled upon the Addiction to Rehabilitation forum while searching for movies about recovery/addiction. SO glad I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Many of the movies suggested in this thread are sitting in my queue now with Netflix.

    I watched “The Panic in Needle Park” a couple of days ago. Of the movies I’ve watched so far, this has got to be my favorite. It’s old (1971), but so am I. The acting of a young Al Pacino is a sight to behold and the female lead was also amazing. This was a powerful movie that depicts the progression of addiction so well. (those eyedropper syringes were carzy!)

    Movies I’ve seen so far with my star ratings (my opinion based on what I’m looking for in an addiction/recovery movie):

    My Name is Bill W (*****)
    The Panic in Needle Park (*****)
    Clean and Sober (****)
    28 Days (****)
    When a Man Loves a Woman (***)
    I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can (**)
    Postcards From the Edge (**)
    The Basketball Diaries (**)
    Wasted (*)

    Today, “Never Get Outta The Boat” is arriving. Will watch tonight.

    THANK YOU for this thread….it’s timeless.

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    Leaving Las Vegas was excellent because it was brutally honest about addiction!! How about Basketball Diaries”–WOW.
    Another film that I couldn’t get out of treatment without seeing was “Chalk Talk” by Father Martin. “Nil By Mouth” was directed by Gary Oldham; was suppose to be autobiographical, another good one.

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    I just watched “The Country Girl”. Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby (the alcoholic), and William Holden.
    It was very good. Would not have believed it if I had not lived it.

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    So I watched “Don’t Get Outta the Boat.”

    It’s set in an SLE with several men. Lots and lots of yelling, and f-bombs (practically every other word from every character). It was loud, angry and obnoxious. The end was okay though and showed why having a recovery program is so important.

    I give it two stars (**). Men might give it three.

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    “Under the Volcano.” Based on the novel. It’s not about recovery, but it does carry a lot of good insights into alcoholism, and Albert Finney is jaw-droppingly magnificent in his role.

    “21 Grams.” One of my favorite movies of all time. There are three interwoven stories in the film, one is about a recovering alcoholic played by Benicio del Toro. Like “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Requiem for a Dream” it gets pretty disturbing at times.

    “A Drunkard’s Reformation.” Might not be your cup of tea as it’s a very, very old silent film by one of the great directors of all time, Griffith. I like it because the plot is incredibly simple and straightforward.

    “Written on the Wind.” Really good film by Douglas Sirk.

    And there’s also Looney Tune’s tribute to 12 Step programs. Sylvester joins a support group called Birds Anonymous. It’s available here but you have to sit through a Romanian commercial first: Trilulilu – Birds Anonymous . . . – Video Anima?ie

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    Basket Ball Diaries is a good one it has Leonardo Dicaprio, and Mark Wahlberg

    Anonymous
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    @Isaiah 2814358 wrote:

    And there’s also Looney Tune’s tribute to 12 Step programs. Sylvester joins a support group called Birds Anonymous. It’s available here but you have to sit through a Romanian commercial first: Trilulilu – Birds Anonymous . . . – Video Anima?ie

    This is awesome!! LOL! I was looking up information about the this and did you know that this cartoon won an academy award? An Oscar!

    Thank you so much!

    p.s. There was no commercial for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I would say the best film I have seen about this was a small not very advertised movie about a man who came to saving faith in the process of his recovery.The title was “Against all Hope”. It was the story of a man named Cecil Moe. It’s not a gory or slick Hollywood production, and it’s not some film that plays fast and lose. Just a simple story of a real man with a quiet, true message.

    As for other recovery films, I suppose it depends on the kind of recovery.
    Some films can be very healing but not, parse, have to do with alcohol at all.
    The one I mentioned is though. Yes, the one with Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia is a good one.

    Pay It Forward had some related themes.

    If I can think of anymore will share them sometime.

    But the Cecil Moe one was good.

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    here are some details about the film

    Against All Hope (1982) – IMDb

    I found it to be a touching and genuinely lovely film..

    the ‘crazy credits’ comment should be overlooked on that link
    whoever said it clearly has no idea about the theme or the film..

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    Walk the Line

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    Rachael Getting Married…. Starring Anne Hathaway.. A must see! NOT a chick flick!! It’s about a girl getting a pass from rehab to attend her sister’s wedding and how her family accepts her (or doesn’t!!) Fabulous!!

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    Requiem for a Dream is very good. Also, An Unfinished Life is literally about the challenges of recovery, as opposed to being just a movie about people who use and their problems. I didn’t find it cheesy, but it is a Jennifer Lopez movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Acts of Worship. It is an indie film about a young woman addicted to crack and other drugs. It is very good. It is available on netflix to stream.

    Also, one of the more horrifying depictions of the downward spiral of meth addiction- Most High, also on netflix to stream. Although being an alcoholic is no cake walk, it makes me very glad I never tried that drug.

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    Factotum, watched it last night through Netflix.

    Itโ€™s simply about a man who is an alcoholic; one that knows heโ€™ll never live any other way and deals with it accordingly.

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    Barfly. Just sayin…

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