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Dreamchild (1985)

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

Director:

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 ... 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 Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (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 Reverend Charles L. Dodgson/Lewis Carroll (Sir Ian Holm) 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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Trivia

The character of Lucy was entirely fictional. When Alice Liddell Hargreaves came to the U.S. to celebrate Lewis Carroll's birth, she was accompanied by her son Caryl and her sister Rhoda. 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

Jack Dolan: Ma'am, you look terrific!
Alice Hargreaves: What a fraudulent young man you are, it's lovely.
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Connections

Version of Alice in Wonderland (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I Only Have Eyes for You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by a vocalist with the Waldorf Astoria band
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An Obsessive Love and Dark Memories
22 February 2004 | by timpuckettSee 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.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425, 6 October 1985

Gross USA:

$1,215,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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