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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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The True Story of the Real Alice in Wonderland


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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 original script had Mr.Liddell in a major role Verity Lambert turned against having the character in the script because the director wanted to cast Nigel Hawthorne. Lambert had the role cut to the bone in the end the role became too minor to be worth having in the script. Source Sight and Sound. 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 Malice in Wonderland (2009) See more »


Rule, Brittania
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Must see test piece for Henson before Labyrinth
25 January 2001 | by (stockport, england) – See all my reviews

Made entirely in England and yet not available in England, this film seems to lead us into dark corners only for the sun to shine brightly at the end, beautifully and carefully paced and with many very talented actors, especially the young Alice. This film predates Labyrinth by only a few months, and we can see in the Mad Hatter an early and successful test piece for Labyrinths Hoddle - even better though we can see the real life actor inspiring Hoddles face, as played by Ken Campbell. A must see companion piece to Labyrinth. Trek fans can note that Cheryl (Gates) McFadden (TNG Dr Crusher) also choreographed puppet movement for this movie.

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