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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 character of Lucy was entirely fictional. When Alice Liddell Hargreaves came to the States to celebrate Lewis Carroll's birth she was accompanied by her son Caryl and her sister Rhoda. See more »


During the tea dance Jack and Lucy waltz to "I Only Have Eyes For You." The scene is set in 1932, but the song was not written until 1934. See more »


Alice Hargreaves: [a journalist has just offered her some flowers] Are you one of those - oh, what are they called - Homosexuals?
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Version of Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) See more »


I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by a vocalist with the Waldorf Astoria band
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A Very Nice Biopic
15 September 2008 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The relationship between 10-year-old Alice Liddell, the young girl for whom "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" was written, and Rev. Charles Dodgson a.k.a. Lweis Carroll, the book's author, is explored in this thought-provoking film.

The former Alice Liddell, now Alice Hargreaves, is invited by Columbia University to give a speech on the centennial of Dodgson's / Carroll's birth. She meets a reporter who becomes her agent and romances her assistant. Meanwhile, she is haunted by childhood memories of her time spent with Mr. Dodgson.

A mostly good script by Dennis Potter only disappoints when focusing on the romance. The excellent cast makes up for the few shortcomings. Amelia Shankley debuts as the young Alice Liddell, and gives a fine performance. She later appeared in a three part adaptation of A Little Princess (1986) and Red Riding Hood (1988). Imogen Boorman, who plays older sister Lorina, went on to co-star in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).

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