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 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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References Alice in Wonderland (1933) See more »


Will You Won't You Join the Dance?
Written by Lewis Carroll
Performed by a chorus at the Columbia University ceremony
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An Obsessive Love and Dark Memories
22 February 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"Dreamchild" is a dark yet beautiful tale of an elderly woman haunted by the famous author who adored her as a child. It deals with love and fear, memories and the past, and the final recociliation of the two. Each character is succinctly and sympathetically drawn, from Lucy the young and naieve maid of the elderly Victorian Mrs. Alice Hargreaves (nee Liddell), who, on her first visit to America, cannot understand the intense attention given to her because of her connection to Lewis Carroll/Rev. Dodgson. The movie seamlessly shifts from the present (New York during the Despression) to the past (Victorian England at Oxford University). Real fans of Alice in Wonderland may object to this depiction of Wonderland characters in a harsher, angrier light; such as when the 80 year old Mrs. Hargreaves meets the Mad Hatter. The Reverend Dodgson does not stand accused as Michael Jackson or like some members of the clergy today, but Mrs. Hargreaves does ask "My mother destroyed all his letters. Why would she do that?" But the younger Alice, when asked by her mother, "Why on earth would he say that to you?" answers straighforwardly, "Because he loves me, of course." A thought provoking film worth seeing if you can find it.

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