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Dreamchild (1985)

Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (the book's inspiration) as an old woman ... See full summary »

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Gavin Millar

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie follows Alice Liddell Hargreaves (Coral Browne) (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 Reverend Charles L. Dodgson/Lewis Carroll (Sir Ian Holm) 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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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreamchild See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425, 6 October 1985

Gross USA:

$1,215,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,215,923
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Company Credits

Production Co:

PfH Ltd., Thorn EMI See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Coral Browne was only cast after the first choice dropped out. 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: Now that I'm very old myself I find the Grim Reaper has a smile on his face after all.
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Connections

Version of Alice (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Confessin' (That I Love You)
(uncredited)
Music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
Lyrics by Al Neiburg
Performed by a vocalist at the radio broadcast
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Wishing for the DVD
31 December 2005 | by jim-1490See all my reviews

This is both a beautiful and disturbing film. Ian Holm (recently playing Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) plays the Reverend Dodgson whom the world better knows as Lewis Carroll. Holm expertly dances on the razor's edge of Dodgson's obsession with the youngest of the three Liddle sisters. This is all experienced in recollections of the elderly Alice as she crosses the Atlantic to attend a 100th Birthday Celebration of Lewis Carroll. As she nears the end of her voyage, her dreams start to bleed into her realities. The Wonderland characters are perfectly grotesque Muppet versions performed by Jim Hemson's Creature Shop (we're not talking Kermit nor Miss Piggy here). This is based on the true people and is lovingly interwoven into a fictional account of the true voyage Alice Liddle Hargraves made to Oxford University in 1932. If you're lucky to have the VHS tape, guard it with your life, mine was destroyed and I can only pray this film will be transfered to DVD. Though we're talking Alice in Wonderland and Muppets, this is not a film for those under 17.


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