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Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Alice is in Looking Glass Land, where she meets many Looking Glass creatures and attempts to avoid the Jabberwocky, a monster that appears due to her being afraid.


Harry Harris


Lewis Carroll (novels), Paul Zindel (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Gregory ... Alice
Sheila Allen ... Mother
Sharee Gregory ... Sister
Red Buttons ... The White Rabbit
Sherman Hemsley ... Mouse
Donald O'Connor ... The Lory Bird
Charles Dougherty ... The Duck
Shelley Winters ... The Dodo Bird
Billy Braver ... The Eaglet
Scott Baio ... Pat (The Pig)
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Bill (The Lizard) (as Ernie Orsatti)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... The Caterpillar / Father William
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ... Fish Footman
Robert Axelrod ... Frog Footman
Martha Raye ... The Duchess


Classic tale of a girl named Alice who follows a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, where she can change sizes by eating and drinking and animals talk. After escaping the disturbing Queen of Hearts, she finds that she has ended up on the other side of the looking glass in Looking Glass Land and that there is a mind-created Jabberwocky after her. With the advice of a wise owl and royal chess pieces on her mind, she ventures home, vowing to grow up in this two-part movie which remains most faithful to the original stories written by Lewis Carroll. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice Through the Looking Glass See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Two MGM stages, across from each other on the studios main axis road, were used for filming the productions' sets. These are the same two stages used for "The Wizard of Oz". The right (road-side) stage, (where the yellow brick road leads into the field of poppies) - front stage load-in housed the miniature shrinking room; Alice's study with the mirror looking glass fireplace; Sammy Davis' giant mushroom set; the Red Queen of Hearts garden; the back-half rear part of the stage was for the castle dining room set with the 60' long table. On the (left) other side of the MGM axis road is the larger of the two stages (which was the yellow brick road leading into the OZ town square). For Alice, the middle of the stage was a giant landscaped forest, with trails, foot paths that lead to a bridge over a stream, an open forest dell, where the Tweedle Twins, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight were staged. The right side of the forest set, was used to build various sets for filming, struck, to replace with other sets as required. In this area, the kitchen interior, the rabbit's tea party in front of a cottage, the checkerboard field, the train, the tunnel, the miniature train set - all were positioned in this area. On the opposite stage end was built the small miniature hare's house; the chess board; the room with the base board hole which Alice nibbles, shrinks, climbs through the mouse hole, tumbles and falls into a river-swimming in water, with various actors (Shelly Winters) in bird costumes; effects plate filming. Two actual locations were filmed out of the studio. A Tudor style house backyard was filmed in Pasadena. The oyster scene was filmed north of Malibu beach because Irwin Allen wanted a real ocean with real sand and rocks for his cast to frolic. At great expense, carpenters and laborers had to cut out of the rocks an embedded 30' long ship's keel from a 1900 shipwreck, just to clear the rocks for the actors to stumble around! Fun! fun! Fun! Shelly Winters demanded Irwin Allen give her a "line" instead of bird croaking sounds! "I'm an Oscar winner, you have to give me words to speak! Remember the Poseidon! You are still trying to drown me!". Construction had to build a special potty chair with the rear center cut out for Shelly to tuck the costume's bird tail when she sat off camera, waiting for her scene's filming. See more »


Alice's left hand changes position between shots when she sees the baby turn into a pig. See more »


Mad Hatter: Do you know "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?"
Alice: Yes I do.
Alice: Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.
Mad Hatter: No, no, no, no, no. That's not good at all. I prefer... Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder what you're at.
The Dormouse: [startled] Twinkle twinkle little skunk, how I wonder if you're drunk!
[falls over]
The March Hare: Twinkle twinkle little ant... you do look strange without your pants.
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Alternate Versions

On the video edition of this miniseries, the first tape closes with a statement from Lewis Carroll's book and closing credits. Then when you slide the second part in, there is opening credits for that. When this miniseries is aired on television, the final statement from the book, the ending credits of part one and the opening credits of part two are all cut. See more »


Version of Wonderland (2001) See more »


There's Something to Say for Hatred
Music and Lyrics by Steve Allen
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Great Film for the ages-Wish todays actors could act all perform together like this
5 August 2012 | by donizoladzSee all my reviews

This is a great film-I watched the film as a child, and I actually played it for my kids tonight, they loved the songs, and I fell in love with the movie all over again! As I watched I thought about being a child and remembered all the actors that performed during the movie with a VERY small number of them STILL ALIVE.

It is very hard for me to watch much TV, with reality shows, and not much family shows that I grew up on. I loved the cast, my husband even forgot about all the stars that filmed the movie, and was excited to see it.

It would be great if today there could be an all-star cast for a TV movie just like this, but I doubt egos could coexist long enough for fans to have that chance. Great movie, great memories!

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