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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

Two of Liddell's children, who also spent time with Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), are not mentioned, Alice's older brother Harry, and her baby sister Rhoda. Around the time when she met Hargreaves (the man she later married) there was another edition to the family, the last child, Violet. 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: That's quite intolerable. It would be difficult enough at my age to be what I once was, but utterly impossible to be what I never was.
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Version of Alice Underground (1999) See more »

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Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played at the diner
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Amazing film with an amazing story
15 May 2001 | by kaaber-2See all my reviews

I absolutely fell in love with this film when I saw it in Denmark in 1988. I can add nothing to the praise already given on this board, but the story behind the film is equally amazing. Apparently, the producers, Thorn-EMI, shelved this gem due to a palace revolution in the company. It was tied up in a package with some films nobody would buy, to the mortification of director Gavin Millar, writer Dennis Potter, and star Coral Browne. It ran for a very short time in Shaftesbury Av., London, where Danish Carsten Brandt from Posthusteatret in Copenhagen saw it, secured a copy - upon which the film ran for four straight years, every evening in his theatre.

I saw it some ten times during that run, and I suppose I shall never tire of it.

It's alarming how easy it is to keep a good film down for years if it's not promoted properly. Luckily, it has found its way to both movie theatres and TV since.


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