Dreamchild (1985)

PG  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  4 October 1985 (USA)
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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coral Browne ...
Jack Dolan
Caris Corfman ...
Sally Mackeson
Nicola Cowper ...
Mrs. Liddell
Amelia Shankley ...
Imogen Boorman ...
Emma King ...
Rupert Wainwright ...
Mr. Marl
Peter Whitman ...
Radio Producer
Ken Campbell ...
Radio Sound Effects Man / March Hare (voice)


Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters she was once so amused by. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author/professor in a new way and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old. Written by Max Vaughn

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4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das wahre Leben der Alice im Wunderland  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

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The Viewer in Wonderland
10 August 2003 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

Very moody and stylish movie - whose plot switches between three venues

  • the 1860s when Lewis Carroll introduced the Wonderland tales to young

Alice and her sisters - the 1930s when the aged Alice visited the U.S. months before her death - and the surreal world of the Alice in Wonderland stories with story characters portrayed by wickedly designed Jim Henson puppets

Four actresses stand out in my memory - Coral Browne as the starchy old Alice - Amelia Shankley as the young selfcentered Alice - Nicola Cowper as old Alices companion and love interest to the young American reporter played by Peter Gallagher - and - in a small role - Caris Corfman as a wistful newspaper reporter - in addition to many fine British and American actors

My only gripe is Ian Holm's age - Holm was in his early 50s when he portrayed Lewis Carroll - who was closer to 30 when he first told the stories - there were concerns in his time about the purity of his interest in his child friends and photography subjects - such as Alice
  • Ian Holm brings that frightfully to life

This film took great care in evoking the respective time periods - using beautiful set designs and photography - as a result - the movie is itself an exotic journey into other times and places - with Alice still as protagonist

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