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Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
10 January 1991 (Argentina) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joe Mantegna ... Joe

Mia Farrow ... Alice

William Hurt ... Doug

June Squibb ... Hilda

Marceline Hugot ... Monica
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow ... Kate
Matthew H. Williamson ... Dennis (as Matt Williamson)

Julie Kavner ... Decorator
Billy Taylor ... Trainer

Holland Taylor ... Helen
Michael-Vaughn Sullivan ... Hairstylist

Robin Bartlett ... Nina

Linda Wallem ... Penny
Gina Gallagher ... Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore ... School Teacher
Diane Cheng ... Dr. Yang's Assistant

Kim Chan ... Dr. Yang's Patient

Keye Luke ... Dr. Yang
Lynda Bridges ... Saleslady
Anthony Cortino ... Dog Groomer

Judy Davis ... Vicki

Cybill Shepherd ... Nancy Brill

Alec Baldwin ... Ed
Katja Schumann ... Circus Equestrian
Vanessa Thomas ... Circus Aerialist

Blythe Danner ... Dorothy
Gwen Verdon ... Alice's Mother

Patrick O'Neal ... Alice's Father
Kristy Graves ... Alice at 18 Yrs.
Laurie Nayber ... Young Dorothy

Rachel Miner ... Alice at 12 Yrs.
Amy Barrett ... Mrs. Keyes (as Amy Louise Barret)

Caroline Aaron ... Sue
Alexi Henry ... Kimberly

James Toback ... Professor

Bernadette Peters ... Muse

Elle Macpherson ... Model
Ira Wheeler ... Office Xmas Party Guest

Lisa Marie ... Office Xmas Party Guest

Diane Salinger ... Carol
Alfred Cherry ... Vicki's Analyst

David Spielberg ... Ken

Bob Balaban ... Sid Moscowitz
Peggy Miley ... Dorothy's Maid
George J. Manos ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest (as George Manos)
Kim Weston-Moran ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest

Peter Tolan ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest

Kenneth Edelson ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Marvin Terban ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest

James McDaniel ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Roy Attaway ... Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest

Jodi Long ... Park Avenue Couples
Suzanne O'Neill ... Park Avenue Couples
Don Snell ... Park Avenue Couples
Robert Polenz ... Park Avenue Couples
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Diane Kimbrell ... Jogger (uncredited)
Marshall Rubin ... Circus Performer (uncredited)

Mary Stein ... Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Joseph Hartwick .... co-producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Jane Read Martin .... associate producer
Thomas A. Reilly .... associate producer (as Thomas Reilly)
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... make-up artist
Romaine Greene .... hairstylist
Production Management
Jonathan Filley .... assistant production manager
Joseph Hartwick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stella Kim .... dga trainee
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Debra Kent .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... standby carpenter (as Joe Alfieri)
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
James Mazzola .... property master
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Cosmo Sorice .... standby scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Tony Martinez .... sound editor
Sylvia Menno .... assistant sound editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Robert Harman .... special effects rigging (as Bob Harman)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Balsmeyer .... visual effects storyboard
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor: Balsmeyer & Everett
Don Canfield .... motion control operator
Stanley W. Sayer .... blue screen consultant: Balsmeyer & Everett (as Stan Sayer)
Angus Bickerton .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Lee Sheward .... stunt double: Alec Baldwin (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant cameraperson
John Connell .... gyrosphere assistant camera
Michael Green .... assistant cameraperson
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Michael Kelem .... gyrosphere camera operator (as Mike Kelem)
Jim Manzione .... best boy
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Jim Vecchio .... camera assistant trainee
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Howard Weiner .... video engineer
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... additional casting: Todd Thaler Casting
Ellen Lewis .... casting associate
Laura Rosenthal .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Lauren Gibson .... costume assistant
Eric Mendelsohn .... costume assistant
Donna Zakowska .... assistant costume designer
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor
Mark Livolsi .... assistant film editor
Music Department
The Big Apple Circus Band .... performers: The Courier
Linda Hudes .... composer: The Courier
Wayne King & His Orchestra .... performers: Alice Blue Gown
George Maniere .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain
Peter Tavis .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Amos .... production assistant
Stacy Augenstein .... production assistant
Jody Banks .... location scout
Andrew Bernstein .... production assistant
Jerry Caron .... assistant production coordinator
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
James A. Davis .... location scout
Antoine Douaihy .... location scout
Michael Jackman .... assistant production auditor
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Brian Mannain .... studio manager
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: to Mr. Allen
Megan Monaghan .... location scout
Justin Moritt .... production assistant
Danielle Rigby .... production assistant
Dana Robin .... location manager
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Scott Schaffer .... craft service (as Scott Shaffer)
Monty Simons .... production assistant
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Gilbert S. Williams .... studio manager
Aleks Zivanovich .... production assistant
Thomas Patrick Petrilla .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Sadovsky .... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Matthew T. Weiner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marv Alpert .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance: NBA Entertainment
Al Cerullo .... the producers wish to thank: Island Helicopter Corporation (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Mary Lance .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Louis Malle .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance: "Calcutta" movie
Kati Meister .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Sheila Metzner .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance: photographs courtesy of
Jack Piccuro .... the producers wish to thank for their assistance
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (Mono)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1991) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (PCA #30686) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Lisa Marie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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?
Doug:It's late, I have to go.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Alice in Wonderland (1955) (TV)See more »
The Way You Look TonightSee more »


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22 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Allen fails to really inject any spark into a rather unsympathetic tale, 7 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Alice is a happily married, upper-east side NY mother who has children, a maid, a babysitter and so on. She never thought she was unhappy until she meets a man at her children's school and begins thinking about having an affair with him. She goes to an herbal doctor, Dr Yang, who gives her herbs that, in a variety of ways, help her in her voyage of self-discovery.

I'm a keen fan of Woody Allen but hopefully not to the point where I can't call a dog a dog! This film is not a dog, but it is certainly very lifeless and dull, despite the imaginative plot device of Dr Yang's herbs. For one thing it is very difficult indeed to really care for Alice or her friends. Usually Allen manages to get over this by making them witty, deeper characters of just having his film move slickly. Here he can't get the pace up nor does he manage to give Alice anything resembling a real problem - unless you live the self-obsessed type of life she lives, in which case you may disagree. I struggled to really get into the story and it was only made harder by the fact that, although imaginative, the film wasn't really that funny.

The dialogue lacked the sort of imaginative sparkle that Allen films can usually be relied upon to have and it seemed to rely more on character than anything - which was a mistake as they are a fairly unsympathetic lot with more money than problems. Farrow tries her best to win the audience round but I never got more from Alice than a woman going through a midlife crisis of sorts. Mantegna and Hurt are both good actors but here they have nothing really to do and appear hamstrung by their characters. The only time I connected with Alice was when she danced with the ghost of her husband and we hear flashbacks to their marriage - at this point I saw a person. This is mostly due to a good performance by Baldwin in a minor role.

Overall this is typical Allen and I guess fans may love it for that. For me, I really didn't feel the film had any life to it and that it came across as flat and listless. The plot relies on characters who I couldn't either relate to or like, the dialogue isn't as funny as it should be even though the invisibility etc all make it seem more interesting. It's an OK film but I couldn't help but feel disappointed with the whole thing.

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