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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

Alice (Fiona Fullerton) falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical dream world populated by surreal characters and bewildering adventures. It's a journey of self-discovery for Alice as she... See full summary »

Director:

William Sterling

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novel), William Sterling
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fiona Fullerton ... Alice
Michael Jayston ... Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
Hywel Bennett ... Duckworth
Michael Crawford ... White Rabbit
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Mouse
William Ellis William Ellis ... Dodo
Freddie Earlle ... Guinea Pig Pat
Julian Chagrin ... Bill the Lizard
Mike Elles Mike Elles ... Guinea Pig Two
Ralph Richardson ... The Caterpillar
Fred Cox Fred Cox ... Tweedledum (as Freddie Cox)
Frank Cox Frank Cox ... Tweedledee
Peter O'Farrell ... Fish Footman
Ian Trigger Ian Trigger ... Frog Footman (as Peter Trigger)
Peter Bull ... Duchess
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Storyline

Alice (Fiona Fullerton) falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical dream world populated by surreal characters and bewildering adventures. It's a journey of self-discovery for Alice as she searches for a way out of Wonderland and encounters many bizarre creatures such as the White Rabbit (Michael Crawford), the March Hare (Peter Sellers), the Queen of Hearts (Dame Flora Robson), and the Dormouse (Dudley Moore). Musical highlights include the inspiring song "The Me I Never Knew".

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Made in Wonderland, the most magical musical of all!


Certificate:

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Trivia

For the role of Alice, Fiona Fullerton had to have her long brown hair dyed chestnut blonde. See more »

Goofs

When Alice emerges from the pool of tears, seconds after being shoulder-deep in water, she is completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Please, Mr. Dodgson. Just once more.
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Connections

Version of Alice's Misadventures in Wonderland (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

You've To Know When To Stop
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by John Barry
Performed by Davy Kaye
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"Almost" a great adaptation of Carroll's classic
20 December 1998 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

While this adaptation has a plethora of talent in front of and behind the camera, including impressive sets, costumes, make-up and dazzling special effects, it has two main flaws.

First is William Sterling's hesitant direction, not knowing when to pick up the pace or cut a number that's not working; overall, there's a sense of lag and lethargy. His credits show that this was his last theatrical release (though this fate should have befallen any number of directors over the years).

Second, is the fact that this is a musical. Now, you might expect that with John (Dances With Wolves, Body Heat, James Bond) Barry handling the tunes, that there would be some outstanding music and you'd be right (the arrangement of "The Me I Never Knew" alone is powerful enough to demand that this music be re-released on CD!). The "musical" works best when Barry is allowed to put Carroll's words to music. It falters, however, as does too many minutes of the film, when he's forced to put music to long-time collaborator, Don Black's lyrics. Black is no novice, having won an Oscar for his lyrics to Barry's Born Free, but these songs are tack-ons, fillers; they don't work and Barry/Black have a thankless task trying to make them do so (it would be like writing a musical to Shakespeare and throwing out The Bard's lyrics).

Fiona Fullerton is a handsome Alice, and while her singing isn't professional, it has an endearing warmth. Her voice improved as she became a pretty and capable British stage actress, excelling in, yes, musicals.

Barry/Black went to better success with the UK stage hit, Billy.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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