7.0/10
1,285
37 user 15 critic

Dreamchild (1985)

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Celia (1989)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.

Director: Ann Turner
Stars: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Victoria Longley
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Los Angeles taxi driver helps a distraught young woman on the run from gangsters after they murder her husband and young son.

Director: Norbert Meisel
Stars: Nancy Kwan, Robert Forster, Joe Spinell
Oci ciornie (1987)
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Silvana Mangano, Marthe Keller
Princesa I (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fernando, a.k.a. Fernanda, a 19-year-old Brazilian transgender woman, travels to Milan and becomes a prostitute to finance sex-change surgery. Fernanda dreams of becoming a "real" woman, ... See full summary »

Director: Henrique Goldman
Stars: Ingrid de Souza, Cesare Bocci, Lulu Pecorari
Stonewall (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

Director: Nigel Finch
Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis
Transfixed (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Bo is a transexual prostitute in Brussels who left home after being abused by her father. She's now in an abusive relationship with a neighbor and suspected by the police in a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Girod
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Robinson Stévenin, Stéphane Metzger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alice Hargreaves
... Reverend Charles L. Dodgson / Lewis Carroll
... Jack Dolan
Caris Corfman ... Sally Mackeson
... Lucy
... Mrs. Liddell
Amelia Shankley ... Little Alice
... Lorina
Emma King ... Edith
Rupert Wainwright ... Hargreaves
... Mr. Duckworth
... Baker
... Mr. Marl
Peter Whitman ... Radio Producer
Ken Campbell ... Radio Sound Effects Man / March Hare (voice)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The True Story of the Real Alice in Wonderland


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das wahre Leben der Alice im Wunderland  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425, 6 October 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,215,923
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Because its American theatrical release was limited, and she was extremely proud of the film, Coral Browne went on a self-funded promotional tour. 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: Now that I'm very old myself I find the Grim Reaper has a smile on his face after all.
See more »

Connections

Version of Neco z Alenky (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
(uncredited)
Music by Gerald Marks
Lyrics by Seymour Simons
Performed by a vocalist with the ship's band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Obsessive Love and Dark Memories
22 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Dreamchild" is a dark yet beautiful tale of an elderly woman haunted by the famous author who adored her as a child. It deals with love and fear, memories and the past, and the final recociliation of the two. Each character is succinctly and sympathetically drawn, from Lucy the young and naieve maid of the elderly Victorian Mrs. Alice Hargreaves (nee Liddell), who, on her first visit to America, cannot understand the intense attention given to her because of her connection to Lewis Carroll/Rev. Dodgson. The movie seamlessly shifts from the present (New York during the Despression) to the past (Victorian England at Oxford University). Real fans of Alice in Wonderland may object to this depiction of Wonderland characters in a harsher, angrier light; such as when the 80 year old Mrs. Hargreaves meets the Mad Hatter. The Reverend Dodgson does not stand accused as Michael Jackson or like some members of the clergy today, but Mrs. Hargreaves does ask "My mother destroyed all his letters. Why would she do that?" But the younger Alice, when asked by her mother, "Why on earth would he say that to you?" answers straighforwardly, "Because he loves me, of course." A thought provoking film worth seeing if you can find it.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 37 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial