Alice (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  10 January 1991 (Argentina)
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A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow ...
Matthew H. Williamson ...
Dennis (as Matt Williamson)
Billy Taylor ...
Michael-Vaughn Sullivan ...
Gina Gallagher ...
Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore ...
School Teacher


Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut. Written by Carl Seiler <>

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A younger man and a bolder woman


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Release Date:

10 January 1991 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Alice - Apisti i apatimeni?  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$7,331,647 (USA)

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Film debut of Lisa Marie. See more »


When Thelonious Monk's version of "Darn That Dream" appears on the soundtrack, the LP sleeve of "Monk's Dream" is shown, implying that Alice and Joe are listening to it. However the tune is not featured on that album. See more »


[first lines]
Doug: Hey, where are you now?
Alice: Nowhere.
Doug: It's late, I have to go.
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Version of The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987) See more »


Southern Comfort
Written by Danny Alguirre (as Danny Alguire), Frank Thomas & Ward Kimball
Performed by Firehouse Five Plus Two (as The Firehouse Five Plus Two)
Courtesy of Contemporary Music and Fantasy, Inc.
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"I've done things I didn't know I had in me. "
9 August 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Less known that Allen's "Annie Hall", "Hannah and her Sisters", "Crimes and Misdemeanors", and "Manhattan", "Alice" is a charming and delightful film that can be viewed as Allen's remake of "Juliet of Spirits" with some obvious themes from "Alice in Wonderland". Mia Farrow plays a wealthy New Yorker who one day feels that something is missing in her sheltered and comfortable life. She turns to a Chinese doctor whose magic herbs help her to reevaluate her life and her relationships with her husband, lover, mother, and sister. She may not find the answers for all the questions but she certainly learned a lot about herself. During the few days that film takes place, Alice experiences romance, finds spirituality, and even enjoys the power of invisibility. This film has one of the most optimistic endings in Woody's film. Mia Farrow is absolutely wonderful.

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