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ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
April 11, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

This 1974 character study stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow with a young son, with dreams of being a singer and the reality of working in a down-home local diner. Diane Ladd plays a sassy waitress named Flo, Vic Tayback plays the diner owner named Mel – and if that’s starting to sound a bit familiar, it’s because this movie inspired the long-running CBS sitcom Alice, which starred Linda Lavin in the title role, and featured Polly Holliday as Flo, and Tayback, reprising his movie role, as Mel.

 
 
 
 
 
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