Directed by Martin Scorsese
The film that inspired the tv series Alice won Ellen Burstyn an Oscar as a newly widowed woman who moves to Phoenix en route to Monterey with her son in tow, trying to become a singer. Suffice to say she gets caught up along the way. Burstyn is absolutely fantastic in a film that now seems radically uncharacteristic for Scorsese. Drags on a bit long, but the incredible dynamic between Burstyn and kid is well worth watching.