Bill W. Synopsis
Bill Wilson battles his way to sobriety and co-founds Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Showing deep appreciation for Wilson's influence, as well as for the obscurity in which he spent his career in the spiritual-rescue...
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Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
As the filmmakers trace the troubles of his later life -- psychological, financial, marital -- they flesh out a portrait of a reluctant...
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Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
A loving, exhaustive, warts-and-all look at the man who spent years battling his own alcoholism before a spiritual experience in the...
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Los Angeles Times

Laudatory but never simplistic, Bill W. is a thoroughly engrossing portrait of Wilson, his times and the visionary fellowship that is his...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Alcoholics Anonymous founder William G. Wilson, known mostly as Bill W. before his death in 1971, was played by James Woods in a fine 1989...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Bill W., an admirable, illuminating film about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is pretty much like the man himself: solid,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A key part of AA was anonymity: "Who you see here, what you say here, let it stay here." Bill Wilson himself was not anonymous - that horse...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

All you needed was to accept your imperfection and reach out to others who'd done the same. Surely the man who said that must be perfect.
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The New York Times

Names and events are ticked off in rapid succession, and the big, and fascinating, question of what role spirituality played receives...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Despite the filmmakers' efforts to humanize Wilson, however, Bill W. still dabbles in hagiography, valorizing the man while also painting...
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A Must for Anyone in AA

By cooper_steveng
This movie is a must for any that have found sobriety or are still looking. The movie is not about a man but about a miracle....

Great historical footage

By photopatt
It was so wonderful to see and hear Bill W. in his own words and to know he was just an ordinary man blessed to have a major input in the making of an extraorinary fellowship that has helped millions...


By Rich S
If you are an AA member this movie will be of interest. It endeavors to present Bill Wilson's formation of AA [as well as Bob Smith's and Hank Parkhurst's] without conferring "icon" status. If you...

Loved the movie!

By cbsatter6
This was a documentary; but very real and if you are a member of AA or Al-Anon, I suggest going to see this movie. I have been to Stepping Stones (Bill & Lois' home) so it really made it easier to see...

HUGE part of story ignored !

By johncorsino
Bill D...( the "man on the bed" ) was one of the first if not the first man Bill W and Dr. bob visited in the hospital. He was officially AA # 3 in the big book. He stayed sober, died with 19 years...

Super Awesome

By cnziolkowski
I really enjoyed this documentary because it really dug into the story of Biill. I have read Bill's story so many times, but I got a lot out of this because it really went into the depth of it all....

Bill W.

By drglen
A very well made documentary about one of the most important figures in 20th century American history. I recommend it highly. See it and bring a friend. Glen C....

A Must See

By pina_a
It's a must see, puts a human quality to Bill that is so often over looked....

By kellynn215

i must wacth!

By awarmnightsky