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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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Did You Know?


The scene where Alice is sitting to be photographed dressed in a Chinese dress is not true. The girl who actually sat for that picture was Alexandra (Xie) Kitchin, described as Lewis Carroll's favorite model. 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 in Wonderland: A XXX Parody (2011) 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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An amazing fictional depiction of Dodgeson & Alice
31 December 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a stunning film, there have been all kinds of rumors and stories about the Rev. Charles Dodgeson and just who he was. This film lovingly and sadly portrays a what-if tale about Alice Liddell, the real Alice, of his famous books and what Victorian society did to her memories of this delightful man. I am not a member of the camp that thinks Dodgeson had a unnatural love for little children I find it preposterous and slanderous to say the least. This movie portrays him brilliantly and Ian Holm is such a superb actor you really feel sad for the lonely man with no wife and children of his own who writes these wonderful tales only to be suspected of unacceptable feelings for the little girl. This movie gives us all that with some wonderfully creepy Wonderland sequences by Hensen's creature shop. Simply marvelous!

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