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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the ... See full summary »

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Gavin Millar

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coral Browne ... Alice Hargreaves
Ian Holm ... Reverend Charles L. Dodgson / Lewis Carroll
Peter Gallagher ... Jack Dolan
Caris Corfman Caris Corfman ... Sally Mackeson
Nicola Cowper ... Lucy
Jane Asher ... Mrs. Liddell
Amelia Shankley Amelia Shankley ... Little Alice
Imogen Boorman ... Lorina
Emma King Emma King ... Edith
Rupert Wainwright Rupert Wainwright ... Hargreaves
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Mr. Duckworth
James Wilby ... Baker
Shane Rimmer ... Mr. Marl
Peter Whitman Peter Whitman ... Radio Producer
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Radio Sound Effects Man / March Hare (voice)
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Storyline

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell (the book's inspiration) as an old woman who is haunted by the characters, by whom she was once so amused. As she thinks back on it, she starts to see her relationship with the shy author and professor in a new way, and realizes the vast change between the young Alice and the old. Written by Max Vaughn

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The True Story of the Real Alice in Wonderland


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das wahre Leben der Alice im Wunderland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425, 6 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,215,923
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Company Credits

Production Co:

PfH Ltd., Thorn EMI See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original script had Mr. Liddell in a major role. Verity Lambert turned against having the character in the script, because Director Gavin Millar wanted to cast Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Lambert had the role cut to the bone, and in the end, the role became too minor to be worth having in the script. See more »

Goofs

During the tea dance Jack and Lucy waltz to "I Only Have Eyes For You." The scene is set in 1932, but the song was not written until 1934. See more »

Quotes

Alice Hargreaves: She burnt all the letters he sent me. Why would she do that unless she thought there was something terrible in them?
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Version of Alice Underground (1999) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
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Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by a vocalist with the Waldorf Astoria band
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Dreaming down the days
5 November 2004 | by alicespiralSee all my reviews

In order to fully appreciate this movie a knowledge of both Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll is recommended. For a film associared with Dennis Potter--who'd previously written an Alice in the 60s...you might expect smut but there's none here. Its all done very tastefully so it would disappoint anyone looking for titillation. Jane Asher has a minor role as Mrs.Liddell,shown as a chaperone on the famous river outing.She played Alice herself in the early 60s for a couple of studio casts. Though its artistic license to suggest Mrs.Hargreaves took along her maid in reality there were two others,one of which was her granddaughter. I liked the scene where Mrs.Hargeaves read out a commercial---for which they'd pay her 1000s of dollars: ""once when I was a little girl I fell down a rabbit hole then picked up a bottle with a label on which said DRINK ME.But today I look for a bottle which says CHARDONAY"


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