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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After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.

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A little girl is murdered, and everyone in her Catholic community starts accusing her black sheep, asocial sister, Alice. Alice's grief-struck mother, Catherine, has to try to cope, but if Alice isn't the killer, then who is?

Director: Dante Tomaselli
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Cast

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Alice Spages is a withdrawn 12 year old girl who lives with her mother, Catherine, and her younger sister, Karen.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


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13 November 1976 (USA)  »

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$340,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was partially inspired by the film Don't Look Now (1973), especially the usage of the yellow raincoats. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Tredoni: Bless me Father, for I have sinned.
Father Tom: We're only hearing the children this morning.
Mrs. Tredoni: ...Bless me Father, for I have sinned.
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits there is no music and the screen doesn't turn black, the last frame of the film remains in the background forever. See more »

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Referenced in Movie Night (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Something to Remember You By
Written by Arthur Schwartz (as Schwartz)
Performed by Helen Morgan (uncredited)
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One of the most powerful horror films ever made!
29 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From beginning credits to the final segment, Alfered Sole's "Alice Sweet Alice" is a chillingly gripping horror flick. With it's haunting soundtrack, alarming murder scenes, and horrifying Catholic imagery this movie will be forever embedded in your mind. It also boasts the very first screen appearance of a young Brooke Shields, who has a very brief role as young Karen Spages, a young girl who is brutally murdered in church during her first Communion. This murder sets the pace for the entire film. There are no wasted segments or "fillers" in "Alice Sweet Alice" each scene is essential and captivates your attention. The characters grab your attention as well from the morbidly obese Mr. Alfonso the landlord to the manipulative and constantly interfering Aunt Annie. Of course, the character of Alice is the most intriguing as the viewer wonders whether this strange young girl is truly capable of cold blooded acts of murder or is there something even more sinister happening? There are lots of surprises and shocks that will grab the attention of first-time viewers and leave most horror fans coming back for more and there is also a surprisingly generous amount of blood-letting in this film. This film came in at #88 on Bravo's list of the top 100 scariest moments in cinema history.


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