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Alice in Wonderland (1999)

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Alice falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

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Nick Willing

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novel), Peter Barnes (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Ned Tweedledum
Whoopi Goldberg ... Cheshire Cat
Ben Kingsley ... Major Caterpillar
Christopher Lloyd ... White Knight
Pete Postlethwaite ... Carpenter
Miranda Richardson ... Queen of Hearts / Society Woman
Martin Short ... Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot
Peter Ustinov ... Walrus
George Wendt ... Fred Tweedledee
Gene Wilder ... Mock Turtle
Tina Majorino ... Alice
Ken Dodd ... Mr Mouse
Jason Flemyng ... Sir Jack, the Knave of Hearts / Cad
Sheila Hancock ... Cook
Simon Russell Beale ... King Cedric of Hearts / Society Man
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Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a whimsical Wonderland, where she meets characters like the delightful Cheshire Cat, the clumsy White Knight, a rude caterpillar, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts and can grow ten feet tall or shrink to three inches. But will she ever be able to return home? Written by Anonymous

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A Masterpiece of Imagination. . .


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice au pays des merveilles See more »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 episodes) | (video) | (TV) (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is, chronologically speaking, the twelfth adaptation of Lewis Carroll's famous novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". See more »

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When Alice first shrinks, a (relative to her) gigantic bottle hits the ground next to her and she doesn't jump, she doesn't so much as flinch. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Would you stop grumping like that? You sound as if you've turned into a pig... you HAVE turned into a pig! I'd better let you go...
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Speak Roughly To Your Boy
Music by Richard Hartley
Lyrics by Lewis Carroll
Performed by Elizabeth Briggs
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Visionary
2 March 1999 | by KabumpoSee all my reviews

Lewis Carroll is a difficult author to adapt satisfactorily to the screen. Worse yet, most versions try to add some sort of lesson to the story that was never there to begin with. This, too uses a version that simply doesn't work. Alice does not want to have to sing "Cheery Ripe" so the whole film becomes about the importance of performing for an audience. That fails to really hold the film together. Despite this, this is probably the best-looking version of the two books yet. It does neither what the Children's Theatre Company did in 1982, and try to exactly mimic Tenniel's illustrations, nor that of the Harry Harris production, in which the actors had to be recognizable so they wore simple costumes with pig ears or rabbit ears, etc. Here there is a mix of puppetry and mere suggestion. Many of the minor anthropomorphics simply bear resemblance to whatever animal they were supposed to be, such as there was the use (again) of an all-star cast. It frequently makes fun of the fact that many of the cast do not speak in an English accent, though the American actor playing Alice does. The film, however, has beautiful cinematography and visionary effects. The early sequence in the library seems like the Halmis are trying to out-Gulliver their adaptation of Book III of Gulliver's Travels. The extreme visuals begin with the giant metronome at the beginning and carry all sorts of wonderful metaphor. Odd jump cuts and strange reflections don't look like goofs, but contribute to weirdness. A storm like _The Neverending Story_'s Nothing forces her to move on in her dream world to escape. The sped-up photography for the White Rabbit seems a nod to _El Gatto con Botas_, and of course, it's tied together like MGM's version of _The Wizard of Oz_. Like all films of these books, it has good elements and poorly handled elements, and certainly there is no definitive version, but this is one of the more interesting ones.


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