although a bit dated (film made in '86)..the movie depicts very clearly what it is like to be an active alcoholic, and what that does to a person's family. We see the legal problems, the work problems, the family problems that are caused because of someone's drinking.
Also shown is the co-dependency of several family members, as they make excuses for and cover-up the father's behavior. We see the verbal and physical abuse they have to endure.
I found it very difficult to watch...had to hit pause and come back later and watch more of the film, a segment here, a segment there. It's a very sad film, but an accurate one. You should buy this for your recovery library.
Martin Sheen's performance is just great here.