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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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Storyline

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. . .


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice in Wonderland See more »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lloyd and George Wendt appeared on Cheers (1982). See more »

Goofs

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: I don't want to meet mad people...
Cheshire Cat: But you can't help it. Everyone here is mad. I'm mad. You're mad. It's only by chance n' careful planning if you're not!
Alice: How do you know I'M mad?
Cheshire Cat: [disappearing] Because you're here, and everyone here is mad!
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Alternate Versions

In subsequent reruns, this film has been trimmed to 100 minutes so that it can be shown in two hours instead of three. See more »

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Version of Wonderland (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Speak Roughly To Your Boy
Music by Richard Hartley
Lyrics by Lewis Carroll
Performed by Elizabeth Briggs
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Extremely clever
7 March 1999 | by JolieSee all my reviews

As you watch the beginning of "Alice in Wonderland", pay close attention to the guests at the tea party. You might notice Martin Short and his companion, a man placing two buns atop his head as if he were, say, a March Hare. Notice also the man flirting with the woman at the end-you could almost call him a scurvy Knave. But enough with the plays on words. This version of "Alice in Wonderland" was exceedingly well done. From the moment Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the moment she catches the apple, we are spellbound by the fantasy the film has woven for us. Part of its appeal is its satirical notions. Consider the "caucus race", where everyone is cheating. Cynics of politics might agree with this. There is also the trial at the end, where the evidence is as insubstantial as a house of cards. One needs to watch the film or read the novel many times to pick up all of the references!

I enjoyed watching Alice's transformation from stage fright child to confident young girl. It was a continuing thread that helped the story attain a greater level of continuity. Yet the most entertaining portions of the film were those with Martin Short, Miranda Richardson, and Gene Wilder, to name a few. They held nothing back, which magnified the absurdities of their characters to the nth degree. Lastly, the featuring of the tea party at the beginning of the film and the end helped tie it together. A well done film.


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