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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Lucy
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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 characters, by whom she was once so amused. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author and 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)  »

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Das wahre Leben der Alice im Wunderland  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425, 6 October 1985, Limited Release

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$1,215,923
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Because its American theatrical release was limited, and she was extremely proud of the film, Coral Browne went on a self-funded promotional tour. See more »

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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 »

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Little Alice: I think it's a wonderful book Mr Dodgeson. I shall read it again and again, and then start from the last page and finish on the first!
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Version of Alice in Wonderland (1933) See more »

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Get Happy
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played at the diner
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Wishing for the DVD
31 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is both a beautiful and disturbing film. Ian Holm (recently playing Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) plays the Reverend Dodgson whom the world better knows as Lewis Carroll. Holm expertly dances on the razor's edge of Dodgson's obsession with the youngest of the three Liddle sisters. This is all experienced in recollections of the elderly Alice as she crosses the Atlantic to attend a 100th Birthday Celebration of Lewis Carroll. As she nears the end of her voyage, her dreams start to bleed into her realities. The Wonderland characters are perfectly grotesque Muppet versions performed by Jim Hemson's Creature Shop (we're not talking Kermit nor Miss Piggy here). This is based on the true people and is lovingly interwoven into a fictional account of the true voyage Alice Liddle Hargraves made to Oxford University in 1932. If you're lucky to have the VHS tape, guard it with your life, mine was destroyed and I can only pray this film will be transfered to DVD. Though we're talking Alice in Wonderland and Muppets, this is not a film for those under 17.


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