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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Executive Producer Verity Lambert cut ten minutes out of the movie, mainly scenes with Lewis Carroll and the children. 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: She burnt all the letters he sent me. Why would she do that unless she thought there was something terrible in them?
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Connections

Version of Wonderland (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule, Brittania
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played at the Columbia University ceremony
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Must see test piece for Henson before Labyrinth
25 January 2001 | by stephen-63See all my reviews

Made entirely in England and yet not available in England, this film seems to lead us into dark corners only for the sun to shine brightly at the end, beautifully and carefully paced and with many very talented actors, especially the young Alice. This film predates Labyrinth by only a few months, and we can see in the Mad Hatter an early and successful test piece for Labyrinths Hoddle - even better though we can see the real life actor inspiring Hoddles face, as played by Ken Campbell. A must see companion piece to Labyrinth. Trek fans can note that Cheryl (Gates) McFadden (TNG Dr Crusher) also choreographed puppet movement for this movie.


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