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Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Family | TV Movie 28 March 2005
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A modern adaptation of the classic children's story "Alice Through the Looking Glass" written by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel, which continued on from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". ... See full summary »

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John Henderson

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (novel), Nick Vivian (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Alice
Charlotte Curley Charlotte Curley ... Little Alice
Penelope Wilton ... White Queen
Geoffrey Palmer ... White King
Louise J. Taylor Louise J. Taylor ... Tiger Lily
Rebecca Palmer ... Rose
Paulette P. Williams Paulette P. Williams ... Daisy #1 (as Paulette Williams)
Tania Luternauer Tania Luternauer ... Daisy #2 (as Tanya Luternauer)
Siân Phillips ... Red Queen (as Sian Phillips)
John Tordoff John Tordoff ... Railway Guard
Jasper Holmes Jasper Holmes ... Man in Paper Suit
Steve Coogan ... Gnat
Gary Olsen Gary Olsen ... Tweedle-Dum
Marc Warren ... Tweedle-Dee
Michael Medwin ... Red King
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A modern adaptation of the classic children's story "Alice Through the Looking Glass" written by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel, which continued on from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". This time, Alice is played by the mother, who falls asleep while reading the the bedtime story to her daughter. Walking through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself in Chessland, a magical and fun world. There she meets the Red and White Queens, as well as many other amusing friends on her journey across the chessboard countryside onto become a crowned Queen.

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Fantasy | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice Through the Looking Glass See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Siân Phillips, Sir Ian Holm, and Penelope Wilton appeared in the BBC production of The Borrowers (1992) and The Return of The Borrowers (1993). See more »

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Version of Alice in Wonderland (1915) See more »

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A missed opportunity that could probably never be taken.
26 January 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

Without infringing on the IMDb guidelines, can I just suggest that this film is a disappointing visualisation of the greatest book ever written? Lewis Carroll's masterpiece is too mercurial to depict - taken out of its literary context, its ideas, incidents and characters simply don't make sense. Its humour and traumas are literary and philosophical. The filmmakers fail to adapt forms, instead relying on swathes of dialogue.

Different film styles are used to try and disrupt normality, a la Carroll, but the incoherent script, uncertain acting and muffled diction only grate. There is no sense of narrative momentum (even if only to be subverted), and targets are missed because it is unclear what they are. Changing the book's view from that of a child to a woman renders the whole exercise redundant. Graver still is the unwillingness to trust the audience - the dream/reality ambiguity, crucial to the book's meaning, is too clearcut. The colours and set design can be extremely beautiful though.


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