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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Communion (original title)
In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director:

Alfred Sole

Writers:

Rosemary Ritvo (original screenplay), Alfred Sole (original screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Miller ... Catherine Spages
Mildred Clinton Mildred Clinton ... Mrs. Tredoni
Paula E. Sheppard ... Alice Spages (as Paula Sheppard)
Niles McMaster ... Dom Spages
Jane Lowry Jane Lowry ... Aunt Annie DeLorenze
Rudolph Willrich Rudolph Willrich ... Father Tom
Michael Hardstark Michael Hardstark ... Detective Spina
Alphonso DeNoble Alphonso DeNoble ... Mr. Alphonso
Gary Allen Gary Allen ... Jim DeLorenze
Brooke Shields ... Karen Spages
Louisa Horton Louisa Horton ... Dr. Whitman
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Detective Brennan
Lillian Roth ... Pathologist (as Miss Lillian Roth also)
Patrick Gorman ... Father Pat
Kathy Rich Kathy Rich ... Angela DeLorenze
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Storyline

Alice Spages is a withdrawn 12-year-old girl who lives with her younger sister Karen and their mother Catherine. Karen gets most of their mother's attention, and Alice is often left out of the spotlight. When Karen is found brutally murdered in a church before her First Holy Communion, Alice is in the spotlight of suspicion, but is a 12-year-old girl really capable of such savagery? As more people die at the hands of a merciless killer, Alice's family and the police don't know what to believe. Written by Anonymous

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It's too late for prayers. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holy Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$340,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harristown Funding See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film takes place in the early 1960s. In one scene a photo of President John F. Kennedy is shown hanging on a wall, and a 1961 calendar is shown in the detective squad-room. See more »

Goofs

While Father Joe is saying the climactic Mass, he repeats the Penitential Rite ("Domine,non sum dignus": Lord, I am not worthy) twice. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Annie DeLorenze: [Annie sees a figure in a yellow coat on the stairs as Mr. Alphonso plays his records] Alice!
[Annie reaches down but the figure stabs her repeatedly, her face concealed by a mask]
Catherine Spages: Annie... Annie!
[the figure disappears down the stairs]
Mr. Alphonso: Alice, you little bitch!... Catherine no, don't go down there!
Catherine Spages: [Catherine pushes him out of the way and runs downstairs, chasing Annie as she crawls away] Annie, wait!
Aunt Annie DeLorenze: [Annie makes it outside and onto the sidewalk in the pouring rain just as Catherine reaches her] ...
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits there is no music and the screen doesn't turn black, the last frame of the film remains in the background forever. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD edition has a few other differences in sound between the original 1980's video release. The new version has several seconds of missing soundtrack music and dialogue, while the original release has dramatic music and dialogue during the same scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice Sweet Alice (2019) See more »

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By Kay Kyser
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nothing great, but a decent little flick
24 August 2007 | by edburtjrSee all my reviews

Alice sweet Alice is a movie with a very eerie feel to it, which in part is due from the atmosphere and the low-budget. Though Brooke Shields gets top billing she's not in the film too long plus she's pre puberty so don't expect to see her prancing around like in 'Blue Lagoon'. This is a slasher flick with a little twist and a very strong catholic slant to it. The story is told pretty well and the main character(Alice) does a great job,looking up her bio it seems she didn't stick with acting. The landlord in the movie was one of the most disgusting, strange people i've seen on film. The killer's mask and raincoat was pretty scary and the film was effective in setting up a few suspenseful scenes. I would of graded this movie higher, but the dad and the cops annoyed me and there was a little overacting buy the mom and aunt. Good not great.


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