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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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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

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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 scene where Alice is sitting to be photographed dressed in a Chinese dress is not true. The girl who actually sat for that picture was Alexandra (Xie) Kitchin, described as Lewis Carroll's favorite model. 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 in Wonderland (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Confessin' (That I Love You)
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Music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
Lyrics by Al Neiburg
Performed by a vocalist at the radio broadcast
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Must see test piece for Henson before Labyrinth
25 January 2001 | by stephen-63See all my reviews

Made entirely in England and yet not available in England, this film seems to lead us into dark corners only for the sun to shine brightly at the end, beautifully and carefully paced and with many very talented actors, especially the young Alice. This film predates Labyrinth by only a few months, and we can see in the Mad Hatter an early and successful test piece for Labyrinths Hoddle - even better though we can see the real life actor inspiring Hoddles face, as played by Ken Campbell. A must see companion piece to Labyrinth. Trek fans can note that Cheryl (Gates) McFadden (TNG Dr Crusher) also choreographed puppet movement for this movie.


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