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Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

Communion (original title)
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.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 overview, first billed only:
Linda Miller ...
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
Karen Spages
Louisa Horton ...
Dr. Whitman
Tom Signorelli ...
Detective Brennan
Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth also)
Father Pat
Kathy Rich ...
Angela DeLorenze


Alice Spages is a withdrawn 12 year old girl who lives with her mother, Catherine, and her younger sister, Karen.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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A story of unnatural love...and unnatural death. See more »


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Release Date:

13 November 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alice Sweet Alice  »

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Box Office


$340,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Father Tom stands in the rain, watching Mrs. Tredoni check the mail, a poster for the film Psycho (1960) can be seen in the background. See more »


While Father Joe is saying the climactic Mass, he repeats the Penetential Rite ("Domine,non sum dignus": Lord, I am not worthy) twice over. See more »


Alice Spages: [frightened, holding up Karen's porcelain doll] I was saving it for your Karen, you can have it!
[bursts into tears]
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Crazy Credits

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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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