Alice (1990)



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Woody Allen's character study of a well-kept, upscale Manhattan woman (Mia Farrow) takes the title character on a journey through a Wonderland of her own making, in which she learns some truths about herself, her relationships, and the universe in general. Alice leads a comfortable life, except for some nagging aches and pains, but when she visits the mysterious Dr. Yang (Keye Luke), he discovers that what really ails Alice is her own lack of true human experience. Alice has been married for sixteen years to Doug (William Hurt), an emotionally detached stockbroker, and she lives a perfectly maintained life in a perfectly maintained apartment, with a pair of children and the requisite support staff. All that changes when a chance meeting with a neighbor (Joe Mantegna) leads Alice to consider an affair. Dr. Yang, seizing the opportunity, gives Alice herbal potions that make her both invisible and seductive, allowing her to free herself from her inhibitions. Plunging into her new fantasy world, Alice ultimately comes to terms with her family, her husband, and her life.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Mia Farrow
as Alice Tate
Joe Mantegna
as Joe Ruffalo
Blythe Danner
as Dorothy
Cybill Shepherd
as Nancy Brill
Gwen Verdon
as Alice's Mother
Patrick O'Neal
as Alice's Father
Keye Luke
as Dr. Yang
Julie Kavner
as Decorator
Judy Davis
as Vicki
June Squibb
as Hilda
Billy Taylor
as Trainer
Gina Gallagher
as Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore
as School Teacher
Diane Cheng
as Dr. Yang's Assistant
Kim Chan
as Dr. Yang's Patient
Lynda Bridges
as Saleslady
Anthony Cortino
as Dog Groomer
Billie Taylor
as Trainer
Katja Schumann
as Circus Equestrian
Vanessa Thomas
as Circus Aerialist
Kristy Graves
as Alice at 18
Laurie Nayber
as Young Dorothy
Rachel Miner
as Alice at 12
Amy Louis Barrett
as Mrs. Keyes
Alexi Henry
as Kimberly
James Toback
as Professor
Bob Balaban
as Sid Moscowitz
Peggy Miley
as Dorothy's Maid
George J. Manos
as Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Kim Weston-Moran
as Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Kenneth Edelson
as Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Marvin Terban
as Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
James McDaniel
as Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest
Jodi Long
as Ina - Park Avenue Couple
Suzann O'Neill
as Park Avenue Couples
Ira Wheeler
as Office Party Guest
Billie Taylor
as Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Alice

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2005
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Full Review… | July 21, 2003
New York Times
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Alice may be a minor work in the Allen canon, but when its grace notes manage to be heard above the whimsy, they ring true.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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It's a strange, magical film.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Alice


The story of the repressed housewife is a familiar and often overused trope, which Allen subverts in this, his adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland." Starring his then-partner Mia Farrow in the titular role, the story follows Alice as she learns what she really wants out of life through her attraction to a parent at her children's school. She and Joe (Joe Mantegna) fall for each other amid the sexual energy that comes from long saxophone solos and sultry voices whispered into each other's ears. The message of the film isn't all that new or powerful, so I find some of the film grating for that reason, but the characters are really complex and the film overall, is enchanting. This may not be one of his stronger films, or most whimsical, but it's not overtly cynical either. By the end it feels very free and unconditionally sweet-natured, and for all the repression we have to watch onscreen, it becomes worth it in the end.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Mia Farrow is an upper crust Manhattan socialite fully in the material world of shopping, parties and gossip, until persistent back pain leads her to a mysterious Chinese doctor ... flights of fancy lighten this fall down the rabbit hole but the stop, despite typically good Allen ensemble work, is ordinary enough.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Much like Burn After Reading felt like the Coens trying too hard to make a "Coen" film, Alice, a loose reimagining of Juliet of the Spirits, feels like Woody desperately trying to make a "Woody Allen" film. To no avail.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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