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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
10 January 1991 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A younger man and a bolder woman
Plot:
A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Woman's Midwinter Night's Sex Comedy See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women
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
 
Location Management
Jody Banks .... location scout
James A. Davis .... location scout
Antoine Douaihy .... location scout
Megan Monaghan .... location scout
Dana Robin .... location manager
 
Music Department
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
Andrew Bernstein .... production assistant
Jerry Caron .... assistant production coordinator
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Michael Jackman .... assistant production auditor
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Brian Mannain .... studio manager
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Justin Moritt .... production assistant
Danielle Rigby .... production assistant
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)
 
Thanks
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
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR (Mono)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | 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?

Trivia:
The film takes place from October to December 1990.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Doug:Hey, where are you now?
Alice:Nowhere.
Doug:It's late, I have to go.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Southern ComfortSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Is "Alice" based on a book?
What is the spiral device that Dr Yang uses to hypnotize Alice?
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46 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Another Woman's Midwinter Night's Sex Comedy, 26 April 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Alice Tate (Mia Farrow) is living in New York City, married to Doug (William Hurt), a man from a wealthy family. They have two kids, a lavish condo and domestic employees. Alice eats caviar, spends her days shopping, getting manicures and pedicures, and so on. However, she's not very happy. She's even been thinking about having an affair. When she finally goes to see an acupuncturist, Dr. Yang (Keye Luke), on several friends' advice because her back is bothering her, he tells her that her problem is in her head, not her back. Through his extremely unorthodox treatments, Alice gradually transforms her life.

Although there is a fair amount of light humor in Alice, and it is relatively upbeat and hopeful, the bulk of this film is much more in the vein of director/writer Woody Allen's more "serious" straightforward dramas, ala Interiors (1978), September (1987) and Another Woman (1988). Interestingly, Allen has a strong fantastical thread running through Alice at the same time, and it references a number of literary classics--both thematically and occasionally in terms of more literal content-—resulting in a kinship also with Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982).

At its heart, Alice is a film about awakening and then achieving authenticity. It is told with a nod to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843) (which is even supported by the appearance of "O Tannenbaum/We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Liberace on the soundtrack at one point), with slight references also to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and other fantasy literature, including J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (1911).

The catalyst through all of Alice's revelations is Dr. Yang, whose slightly rundown Chinatown office is symbolic of Alice periodically making trips to another world for enlightenment, or making repeated treks to pose questions to a metaphorical Oracle at Delphi. Dr. Yang's treatments are designed to address the various ways in which Alice needs to "open up", the various emotional needs she must come to terms with.

It is interesting to note, especially after Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), that the initial spark for Alice's transformation is provided by hypnotism, as that device appears for the same ultimate purpose in Curse. This probably has some significance for Allen outside of his life in film, although it is difficult to say whether its because he's undergone hypnotic treatment himself or whether he just sees it as a metaphor for digging beneath public facades which one has fooled oneself into believing, too.

Dr. Yang's treatments either result in encountering some important person or event from Alice's past and/or tapping into some unrealized potential. The encounters are often not with real persons. They can be memories made almost literal, ghosts, or hallucinations. These are the most direct parallel to A Christmas Carol. As in that story, eventually Dr. Yang's treatments lead Alice away from an embrace of materialism for its own sake to an appreciation of more humanist values. Of course, Allen makes it a bit more complex than this, so that the positive transformation also has an impact on personal relationships that could be seen as negative, as well.

Alice is also remarkable for its cinematography, which is usually symbolic of the dramatic scenarios. Sometimes this is very overt, as when Dr. Yang's office transforms into an amusement park midway (the slowly strobing red light was particularly exquisite, with red also symbolizing caution), and often it is subtler, as with the tracking shots of Alice and Vicki (Judy Davis) seen through various glass-like surfaces, or Alice and Joe (Joe Mantegna) through a fence as prison bars, or Alice and Dr. Yang with a wall in between them as the camera pans from one to the other, and so on.

Of course the performances are good--Allen can even get admirable performances out of actors whom I usually do not care for, such as William Hurt. Of course most of the dialogue can easily be imagined as emerging from Allen's mouth instead of whatever character happens to be on screen. And of course the music selection is a fine collection of mostly pre-bop classic jazz. In other words, this is a typical post-Annie Hall (1977) Allen film, so if you like his style, Alice is a safe bet, and if you already know you dislike his style, you're probably not even reading this far.

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