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Alice Sweet Alice (1976) More at IMDbPro »Communion (original title)

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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:
A story of unnatural love...and unnatural death. See more »
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After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.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:
Brilliant from the Atmospheric Opening Credits to the Chilling Final Frame See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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 also)

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 Finkin 
 
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
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)
Joseph Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Schwartz .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenora Guarini .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William S. Scharf .... assistant editor (as William Scharf)
Richard Schwartz .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tim Baker .... production secretary
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
Richard K. Rosenberg .... presenter
Randy Rothenberg .... production assistant
Richard Schwartz .... production assistant
Alfred Sole .... presenter
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
Daniel Bregman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Trivia:
Father Tom drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane.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:[Annie sees a figure in a yellow coat on the stairs as Mr. Alphonso plays his records] Alice!
[Annie reaches down but the figure stabs her repeatedly, her face concealed by a mask]
Catherine Spages:Annie... Annie!
[the figure disappears down the stairs]
Mr. Alphonso:Alice, you little bitch!... Catherine no, don't go down there!
Catherine Spages:[Catherine pushes him out of the way and runs downstairs, chasing Annie as she crawls away] Annie, wait!
Aunt Annie DeLorenze:[Annie makes it outside and onto the sidewalk in the pouring rain just as Catherine reaches her] AAAAAHHHHH!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soul of My SaviourSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant from the Atmospheric Opening Credits to the Chilling Final Frame, 7 June 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Creepy little sleeper that's heavily inspired by Nicholas Roeg's seminal Don't Look Now(1972). There is a lot of focus on the motif of innocnece and guilt. One of the most religious horror films ever made. The ideals of the church play a prominent role in the plot of the film. Like in Don't Look Now(1972), there is the image of a child with a rain coat wearing a mask. Every character in the film with the exception of Father Tom is unlikable and unsympathetic. The main character Alice is the creepiest protagonist to appear in a horror movie. There is a interesting Oedipus relationship between Mrs. Tredoni and Father Tom.

The direction by Alfred Sole is excellent and the story is compelling to follow. Linda Miller does a fine job as the mother of Alice, Catherine. There are some parts of the film that remind me of the giallo, Don't Torture A Duckling(1972). Both Alice Sweet Alice(1976) and Don't Torture A Duckling(1972) deal in their own way with the loss of innocence motif. Better than most horror movies done in the mid to late 1990s. The late Paula E. Sheppard gives a powerful and scary performance as the title character, Alice. The murder scenes are well filmed and realisticly staged. Alice Sweet Alice(1976) was known mostly as the film debut for future model and actress Brooke Shields.

The character of Karen is extremely unlikable. Its easy in the first act of the story to sympathize with Alice because she treated horribly by her mother compared to her sister. Brooke Shields plays her character very well. The attempted murder of Aunt Annie played by Jane Lowry is stylish and unpredictable. Alice although not a murder by the end of the film is someone who is capable of murder. The mask worn by the killer predates the masks worn by the murderer in Halloween(1978), and Valentine(2001). Even some parts of the story reminds me of Halloween(1978). Alice Sweet Alice(1976) is an emotionally fullfilling horror pic that has developed a cult following over the years.

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