Alice in Wonderland (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  28 February 1999 (USA)
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The wizards behind The Odyssey (1997) and Merlin (1998) combine Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" into a two-hour special that just gets curiouser and curiouser.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen of Hearts / Society Woman
Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot
King Cedric of Hearts / Society Man


Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a whimsical Wonderland, where she meets characters like the delightful Cheshire Cat, the clumsy White Knight, a rude caterpillar, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts and can grow ten feet tall or shrink to three inches. But will she ever be able to return home? Written by Anonymous

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A Masterpiece of Imagination. . .


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Release Date:

28 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alice au pays des merveilles  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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(2 episodes) | (VHS) | (TV) (2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alice offers up "lions and unicorns" as a possible password for Wonderland. "The Lion and the Unicorn" was a rhyme that appeared in "Through the Looking-Glass." Lion is the totem animal of England, Unicorn is that of Scotland. See more »


When the Queen of Hearts decides to decapitate the cards who were painting the roses red, Alice hides them in her skirt to save them. However, they are never seen getting out, and no further reference is made to them in the film. See more »


Mad Hatter: [singing] Auntie's wooden leg...
The March Hare: I say, I say, I say...
Mad Hatter: How dare you interrupt my song with "I say, I say, I say!"
The March Hare: I say, I say, I say in this world it's now what you know but WHOM you know!
Mad Hatter: I don't know either one of them!
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Version of Alice in Wonderland - De Musical (2011) See more »


What Am I Going To Talk About?
Music by Richard Hartley
Lyrics by Peter Barnes
Performed by Ken Dodd
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User Reviews

Extremely clever
7 March 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

As you watch the beginning of "Alice in Wonderland", pay close attention to the guests at the tea party. You might notice Martin Short and his companion, a man placing two buns atop his head as if he were, say, a March Hare. Notice also the man flirting with the woman at the end-you could almost call him a scurvy Knave. But enough with the plays on words. This version of "Alice in Wonderland" was exceedingly well done. From the moment Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the moment she catches the apple, we are spellbound by the fantasy the film has woven for us. Part of its appeal is its satirical notions. Consider the "caucus race", where everyone is cheating. Cynics of politics might agree with this. There is also the trial at the end, where the evidence is as insubstantial as a house of cards. One needs to watch the film or read the novel many times to pick up all of the references!

I enjoyed watching Alice's transformation from stage fright child to confident young girl. It was a continuing thread that helped the story attain a greater level of continuity. Yet the most entertaining portions of the film were those with Martin Short, Miranda Richardson, and Gene Wilder, to name a few. They held nothing back, which magnified the absurdities of their characters to the nth degree. Lastly, the featuring of the tea party at the beginning of the film and the end helped tie it together. A well done film.

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