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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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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?  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$7,331,647 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes one Oscar winner: William Hurt; and five Oscar nominees: Alec Baldwin, June Squibb, Judy Davis, Bob Balaban and James Toback. 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 Great Performances: Alice in Wonderland (1983) See more »


I Remember You
Written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Jackie Gleason
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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The Wood-man starts off the '90s in style
9 December 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

This was the first Woody Allen film I got to see in the theaters and -- since it has such strong fantasy elements -- it was truly a magical experience. Compared to a film like "Crimes and Misdemeanors" it's a bit of a lightweight, but taken on its own terms "Alice" is an enjoyable portrait of a woman trying to find herself and her spiritual center. And there are plenty of funny moments along the way, which I wouldn't dare spoil for you. All I'll say is watch for Bob Balaban (the dead guy in "Deconstructing Harry") in the party scene late in the film.

This film also marked the first time Allen worked with the amazing Judy Davis, who would make more of an impression in "Husbands and Wives" two years later.

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