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Alice (1990)

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Joe
Mia Farrow ... Alice
William Hurt ... Doug
June Squibb ... Hilda
Marceline Hugot ... Monica
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow ... Kate
Matthew H. Williamson Matthew H. Williamson ... Dennis (as Matt Williamson)
Julie Kavner ... Decorator
Billy Taylor Billy Taylor ... Trainer
Holland Taylor ... Helen
Michael-Vaughn Sullivan Michael-Vaughn Sullivan ... Hairstylist
Robin Bartlett ... Nina
Linda Wallem ... Penny
Gina Gallagher Gina Gallagher ... Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore Patience Moore ... School Teacher
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Storyline

Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut. Written by Carl Seiler <lcs9549@tamsun.tamu.edu>

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Taglines:

A younger man and a bolder woman

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

10 January 1991 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice - Apisti i apatimeni? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,331,647
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of June Squibb. See more »

Goofs

When Thelonious Monk's version of "Darn That Dream" appears on the soundtrack, the LP sleeve of "Monk's Dream" is shown, implying that Alice and Joe are listening to it. However the tune is not featured on that album. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doug: Hey, where are you now?
Alice: Nowhere.
Doug: It's late, I have to go.
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Version of Meruhen Meizu (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Alice Blue Gown
(1919)
Written by Joseph McCarthy (as Joseph McCarthy Sr.) and Harry Tierney
Performed by Wayne King & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Goldwax Record Comapny, Inc.
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Mild and gentle with some surprising insight.
1 May 2008 | by ags123See all my reviews

Not one of Woody Allen's best films, "Alice" is nonetheless far better than what he's been turning out lately. The structure seems too random and unfocused, but it's still full of Allen's wise observations and commentary on human nature and modern-day life – the qualities that make Woody Allen movies so special. The biggest fault I find with this film is Mia Farrow. Her run of films with Woody Allen are among his best, and her contributions are immense. Here she just seems unconvincing as a wealthy upper-Eastsider. Yes, we meet her character while she's questioning her life, but somehow the hat, the hair, the shoes just aren't sophisticated enough for a woman who's been living that lifestyle. She lacks the hardboiled edge of a seasoned New Yorker. Because she's too soft right from the beginning, her transformation falls short. The film is helped by all the star cameos, and even though they're brief, the characters are well-defined. "Alice" is definitely worth a look.


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