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Director:
Writers:
Rosemary Ritvo (original screenplay) &
Alfred Sole (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If You Survive This Night... Nothing Will Scare You Again.
Plot:
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Easy To Miss, Hard To Forget. See more (95 total) »

Cast

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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

Brooke Shields ... Karen Spages
Louisa Horton ... Dr. Whitman
Tom Signorelli ... Detective Brennan

Lillian Roth ... Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth)

Patrick Gorman ... Father Pat
Kathy Rich ... Angela DeLorenze
Ted Tinling ... Detective Cranston
Mary Boylan ... Mother Superior
Peter Bosche ... Monsignor
Joseph Rossi ... Father Joe
Marco Quazzo ... Robert DeLorenze
Dick Boccelli ... Hotel Clerk
Ronald Willoughby ... Funeral Director
Sally Anne Golden ... Policewoman
Lucy Hale ... Church Soloist
Libby Fennelly ... Nun
Maurice Yonowsky ... Children Shelter Attendant
Beth Carlton ... Children Shelter Attendant
Drew Roman ... Policeman
Angelino Rocca ... Funeral Attendant (as Antonino Rocca)
Michael Weil ... Funeral Attendant
Leslie Feigen ... Doctor (as Leslie Feigen M.D.)

Directed by
Alfred Sole 
 
Writing credits
Rosemary Ritvo (original screenplay) &
Alfred Sole (original screenplay)

Produced by
Marc G. Greenberg .... associate producer
Richard K. Rosenberg .... executive producer
Richard K. Rosenberg .... producer
Alfred Sole .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Lawrence 
 
Film Editing by
M. Edward Salier  (as Edward Salier)
 
Production Design by
John Lawless 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Finon 
 
Costume Design by
Michelle Cohen 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Battagliese .... hair stylist
Larry Panucci .... hair stylist
Anne Paul .... makeup artist
Karen Sole .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rosemary Ritvo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... assistant director (as Adrienne Hamalian)
 
Sound Department
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Mark Salwasser .... sound
Larry Scharf .... boom operator (as Lawrence Scharf)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Bruck .... electrician
Ralph Coleman .... electrician
Stanley Fejnas .... grip
John Friberg .... camera operator
Joseph Friedman .... assistant camera
Chuck Hall .... camera operator
Chris Hayes .... assistant camera
Gary Michelin .... camera loader
John Pascali .... grip
Johnnie Rogers .... key grip
William S. Scharf .... electrician (as William Scharf)
Richard Schwartz .... camera loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenora Guarini .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William S. Scharf .... assistant editor (as William Scharf)
Richard Schwartz .... apprentice editor
 
Other crew
Tim Baker .... production secretary
Daniel Bregman .... production assistant
Robert Burke Jr. .... assistant to producer
Mary Collins .... production assistant
Lori Cusack .... production assistant
Judy Gordon .... production assistant
Gerard Greeley .... religious advisor (as Father Francis Gerard Greeley O.S.F.)
Steven Hurewitz .... production assistant
Charles Parmelli .... technical advisor: City of Paterson
Tony Racco .... production assistant
Randy Rothenberg .... production assistant
Richard Schwartz .... production assistant
Marilyn Spages .... production secretary
Susan Thaler .... assistant to director
Ken Threet .... production assistant
Michael Weil .... production assistant
Elizabeth Weizenegger .... script supervisor
Murray Yedwab .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Communion" - USA (original title)
"Holy Terror" - USA (cut version)
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Runtime:
98 min | Australia:106 min | USA:108 min (unrated version) | Spain:83 min | Argentina:108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Mrs. Tredoni answers the door for Catherine at the rectory, the boom mic is visible in a mirror.See more »
Quotes:
Aunt Annie DeLorenze:She's dead! Karen's dead! She's dead! Karen's dead!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Hoodlum Priest (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Something to Remember You BySee more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Easy To Miss, Hard To Forget., 31 May 2006
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Alice, Sweet Alice" (aka "Communion"), is an excellent horror film. It was years before "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th", and for some reason this movie stuck with me. I saw it years ago, and just re-rented it recently, and found it to be better on the second viewing.

This film revolves around Alice Spages, a 12 year old girl. She comes from a divorced, strict Catholic family, and her little sister, Karen, gets most of the attention, while Alice is sort of left in the dark. We get the idea that Alice might have some problems and you can surely tell she is jealous of her sister. Then, on Karen's first holy communion, she is strangled to death and lit on fire in the church by someone wearing a yellow rain slicker and a creepy plastic mask. The police believe Alice had something to do with her sister's murder, and commit her as their target. Then, the mysterious person in the yellow rain slicker strikes again, this time stabbing Alice's Aunt while she's walking down the stairs of an apartment complex. As more murders continue, we begin to question - could a 12 year old girl really be capable of murder? Or could it be someone else?

I can say this movie is pretty disturbing, seeing an innocent girl murdered in a church before her first communion is quite sinister. Director Alfred Sole gives the viewer some heavy Catholic imagery throughout the film, contrasting it with the brutal events taking place. There is obviously much thought and detail put into the complex characters, as well as the complicated but intriguing plot. The score is extremely eerie, just listening to the score alone is enough to give anyone the chills. Without the score I think this movie would have lost much of the ambiance that it has. Alice's sister, Karen, is played by a very young Brooke Shields, and this movie is probably most known for having her name branded on it, even though she dies very soon in the film. Paula Sheppard (who was actually 19 years old at the time) plays Alice, Karen's violently jealous sister, and her performance is probably the best of the entire film. I absolutely loved the staircase attack on Alice's aunt, it was unexpected and very well done.

Overall, "Alice, Sweet Alice" is an effective Catholic shocker that has been either forgotten about or is very unknown. A spooky score, some eerie religious imagery, and a brutal staircase slashing make this a complete classic. I was lucky enough to be able to pick up the Anchor Bay DVD release, because now it's long out of print and nearly impossible to find. The DVD release is great, if you're able to get your hands on it (for a reasonable price), definitely get it. 9/10.

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