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Malice in Wonderland (1985)

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (... See full summary »

Director:

Gus Trikonis

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Jacqueline Feather (teleplay), David Seidler (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Louella Parsons
Jane Alexander ... Hedda Hopper
Richard Dysart ... Louis B. Mayer
Joyce Van Patten ... Dema Harshbarger
Jon Cypher ... Dr. Harry 'Docky' Martin
Leslie Ackerman ... Harriet Parsons
Bonnie Bartlett ... Ida Koverman
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... William Hopper
Joel Colodner Joel Colodner ... Andy Kenderson
Rick Lenz ... Iceman
Mary McCusker ... Dot
John Pleshette ... Tommy Gallep
Eric Purcell Eric Purcell ... Orson Welles
Tim Robbins ... Joseph Cotten
Mark L. Taylor ... Howard Strickling
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Storyline

Struggling actress Hedda Hopper can't get a break in Hollywood, even though an acquaintance of hers is the extremely powerful gossip monger Louella Parsons - maker and breaker of careers (and lives) through her daily syndicated newspaper column. The big movie moguls, fed up with Parson's power over their stars, decide to de-claw her by setting up gossip Hopper as a competitor in the rumour industry. What they couldn't foresee was that Hopper would become as big as Parsons -- and every bit as much of a pain. Based on the true life stories of two of the most powerful (and arguably dangerous) women of Hollywood's heyday. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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In Hollywood, gossip is a lethal weapon!


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rumor Mill See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jane Alexander replaced Lauren Bacall who left before filming. See more »

Goofs

As the camera pans down the street, on the curb is the painted number of either a house or building. They didn't paint number signs on the curbs back then. See more »

Quotes

Hedda Hopper: The only thing I'm wearing that belongs to me is my underwear.
Louella Parsons: It doesn't show.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture is based on certain events in the lives of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. However, some of the characters and incidents are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any such persons or incidents is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

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Referenced in Charmed: Malice in Wonderland (2005) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Elizabeth is good but Jane Alexander is the reason to watch
30 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Your enjoyment of this will depend on an interest in Golden Age Hollywood, if you have it than this is an pleasant diversion with a high voltage movie star and an accomplished actress. If you don't than there isn't much here to hold your attention. The real pair of women were far more venal than they are portrayed here but for a TV movie this isn't bad. Liz is fine although her decision to approximate Parson's droning speaking voice while accurate doesn't enhance her performance, it's just distracting. The top performance comes unsurprisingly from Jane Alexander. She gives nuance and meaning to Hopper that surely wasn't in the script. Most of the supporting cast is bland and forgettable, it is surprising to see Tim Robbins pop up in the small role of Joseph Cotton. The production design and in particular the wardrobe is very high quality and adds a nice sheen to the proceedings.


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