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

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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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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

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

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The name of the ship was "Berengaria". 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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Connections

Version of Alice (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Confessin' (That I Love You)
(uncredited)
Music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
Lyrics by Al Neiburg
Performed by a vocalist at the radio broadcast
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An amazing fictional depiction of Dodgeson & Alice
31 December 2002 | by drkjedi1-2See all my reviews

This is a stunning film, there have been all kinds of rumors and stories about the Rev. Charles Dodgeson and just who he was. This film lovingly and sadly portrays a what-if tale about Alice Liddell, the real Alice, of his famous books and what Victorian society did to her memories of this delightful man. I am not a member of the camp that thinks Dodgeson had a unnatural love for little children I find it preposterous and slanderous to say the least. This movie portrays him brilliantly and Ian Holm is such a superb actor you really feel sad for the lonely man with no wife and children of his own who writes these wonderful tales only to be suspected of unacceptable feelings for the little girl. This movie gives us all that with some wonderfully creepy Wonderland sequences by Hensen's creature shop. Simply marvelous!


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