- Directed by: Martin Scorsese
- Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd
- Year: 1974
- Duration: 107min
- Certificate: 15
- Type: Film
Ellen Burstyn stars in Martin Scorsese’s first studio picture as Alice, a recently widowed mother who leaves her small town in New Mexico and travels with her preteen son across America, determined to make a life for herself as a singer.
It was Ellen Burstyn herself who sent the script to Warner Brothers and, when they asked who she wanted to direct the film, she suggested Martin Scorsese, after calling Francis Ford Coppola for advice. Burstyn told him she wanted to find someone “new and young and exciting”, and Coppola told her to check out Scorsese’s Mean Streets, which was about to be released in cinemas. She loved it, and Marty ended up with the role.
This screening will be introduced by Christina Newland, lead critic for the i Paper.
Part of our Women & New Hollywood season