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Alice Sweet Alice (1976)
"Communion" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  13 November 1976 (USA)
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After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Miller ...
Catherine Spages
Mildred Clinton ...
Mrs. Tredoni
Paula E. Sheppard ...
Alice Spages (as Paula Sheppard)
Niles McMaster ...
Dom Spages
Jane Lowry ...
Aunt Annie DeLorenze
Rudolph Willrich ...
Father Tom
Michael Hardstark ...
Detective Spina
Alphonso DeNoble ...
Mr. Alphonso
Gary Allen ...
Jim DeLorenze
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Karen Spages
Louisa Horton ...
Dr. Whitman
Tom Signorelli ...
Detective Brennan
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Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth also)
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Father Pat
Kathy Rich ...
Angela DeLorenze
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Storyline

Alice Spages is a withdrawn 12 year old girl who lives with her mother, Catherine, and her younger sister, Karen. Karen gets most of the attention from her mother, and Alice is often left out of the spotlight. But when Karen is found brutally murdered in a church before her first holy communion, all suspicions are turned towards Alice. But is a twelve year old girl really capable of such savagery? As more people begin to die at the hands of a merciless killer, Alice becomes more and more likely of a suspect. Written by Anonymous

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If You Survive This Night... Nothing Will Scare You Again.


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Alice Sweet Alice  »

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$340,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The knife used in the film was created by Alfred Sole's neighbor, who was an engineer, and was designed with a retractable blade. It was the only knife used in the film; the filmmakers never made any duplicates. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Tredoni answers the door for Catherine at the rectory, the boom mic is visible in a mirror. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Spages: [about her ex-husband] I don't know why I'm so worried. I just can't imagine where he could be.
Mrs. Tredoni: Maybe you are afraid that God will send St. Michael to take another of your loved ones. When St. Michael took my little girl, I only thought of how cruel God was.
Catherine Spages: Mrs. Tredoni, I'm sorry. I never knew you had a little girl.
Mrs. Tredoni: God took her from me on the day of her first communion, don't you see? He waited until then to teach me that children pay for the sins of their parents. And then I was sent here to...
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Crazy Credits

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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
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Finest of it's kind...
13 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Alice, Sweet Alice" is the first horror movie i ever saw, and i've seen many since. But nothing, in my book, compares to this classic, as-yet-undiscovered little gem. First off, the acting is SUPERB, and Puala Sheppard's portrayal of Alice is close to flawless. Second, the atmosphere is amazing, offset by an excellent and eerily haunting musical score. If you are a fan of 70's horror, this one is the best of it's kind, not only for the aforementioned, but also because it captures the essence of the 70's both in it's rainy, New Jersey setting, and in the grainy feel of the way it was filmed. Talks of a proposed sequel to this movie are in the works for 2005, and although it will most likely be doomed to straight-to-video hell, i am still eagerly anticipating it with high hopes. Original and entertaining, although some may find it slow paced for their taste, i gave it 10/10 *'s because in my opinion, it's a near-masterpiece.


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