My Name Is Bill W.

My Name Is Bill W.
My Name Is Bill W. video cover
Written by William G. Borchert
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Starring James Woods
James Garner
JoBeth Williams
Theme music composer Laurence Rosenthal
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Paul Rubell
Cinematography Neil Roach
Editor(s) Paul Rubell
John Wright
Running time 100 minutes
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original release April 30, 1989

My Name Is Bill W. is a 1989 CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie directed by Daniel Petrie, starring James Woods, JoBeth Williams and James Garner. William G. Borchert, who wrote the film for television, based it on the true story of William Griffith Wilson and Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (the men respectively called " Bill W." and " Dr. Bob"), the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. James Woods won an Emmy for his portrayal of Wilson.


The true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in the stock market collapse of 1929. Wilson's career and his domestic life are in tatters when he meets Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, also struggling with a drinking problem. The two form a support group that becomes the basis for the organization Alcoholics Anonymous.

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