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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 »

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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 ... 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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreamchild See more »

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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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Trivia

Although seventy-two-year-old Coral Browne was portraying a woman only eight years older than her, she wore a substantial amount of aging make-up. 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.
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Connections

Version of Alice (1988) 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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A Very Nice Biopic
15 September 2008 | by iwantsofiaSee all my reviews

The relationship between 10-year-old Alice Liddell, the young girl for whom "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" was written, and Rev. Charles Dodgson a.k.a. Lweis Carroll, the book's author, is explored in this thought-provoking film.

The former Alice Liddell, now Alice Hargreaves, is invited by Columbia University to give a speech on the centennial of Dodgson's / Carroll's birth. She meets a reporter who becomes her agent and romances her assistant. Meanwhile, she is haunted by childhood memories of her time spent with Mr. Dodgson.

A mostly good script by Dennis Potter only disappoints when focusing on the romance. The excellent cast makes up for the few shortcomings. Amelia Shankley debuts as the young Alice Liddell, and gives a fine performance. She later appeared in a three part adaptation of A Little Princess (1986) and Red Riding Hood (1988). Imogen Boorman, who plays older sister Lorina, went on to co-star in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).


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