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Dreamchild (1985)




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Irreverent British writer Dennis Potter speaks aloud what many literary historians have only postulated in whispers in Dreamchild. The film is set in 1932, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll. The guest of honor at the New York-based celebration is 80-year-old Alice Liddell (Coral Browne), who as a child inspired Carroll's whimsical novels. Amidst the cajoling of both devoted fans and fast-buck hustlers, the grim-faced Alice tries to remain calm and dignified. What none of the idolaters suspect is that Alice harbors a long-suppressed secret concerning her "very special" relationship with Carroll -- a secret revealed in an extremely tasteful fashion during a flashback sequence, featuring Amelia Shankley as young Alice and Ian Holm as Charles Dodgson, the virginal, child-obsessed clergyman whom the world knew as Lewis Carroll. The darkness of Dennis Potter's vision is lightened by Muppeteer Jim Henson's marvelous three-dimensional renditions of the Wonderland and Looking Glass characters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Coral Browne
as Alice Hargreaves
Ian Holm
as Rev. Charles Dodgson
Peter Gallagher
as Jack Dolan
Caris Corfman
as Sally Mackeson
Jane Asher
as Mrs. Liddell
Amelia Shankley
as Little Alice
Emma King
as Edith
Shane Rimmer
as Mr. Marl
William Hootkins
as Radio Actor
Ron Mueck
as Gryphon
Steve Whitmire
as Mock Turtle
Karen Prell
as Dormouse
Michael Sundin
as March Hare
Alan Bennett
as Mock Turtle
Julie Walters
as Dormouse
Anthony Haygarth
as Mad Hatter
Frank Middlemass
as Caterpillar
Big Mick
as Mad Hatter
Ken Hudson Campbell
as March Hare, Radio So...
Johnny M.
as 1st Crooner
Alan Sherman
as Reporter
Pat Starr
as Radio Actress
Ron Travis
as Editor
Peter Whitman
as Radio Producer
Jeffrey Chiswick
as Radio Actor
Danny Brainin
as Reporter/Photographe...
Sam Douglas
as Reporter
Thomasine Heiner
as Announcer/Chairman
Pierre Olivier Barde...
as President of Univers...
Tony Mansell
as Waldorf Astoria Croo...
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Critic Reviews for Dreamchild

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A marvelously inventive mix of fantasy and fanciful speculation.

October 4, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

The Jim Henson fabrications of the Wonderland characters are more horrific than whimsical and the direction feels like a TV film, but the attempt is noteworthy.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Dreamchild


Living up to it's title a dreamy film of the aged Alice's half memories of her childhood and Lewis Carroll interwoven with sequences of animated characters from the story and her present day, the 30's, trip to receive an honorary degree. Nice sense of time and place and a truly lovely performance by Coral Browne as the grownup Alice.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Quite good story behind the girl who was the inspiration for Alice in wonderland.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Fanciful subtlety is inventively explored in this remarkably ambitious film from small-screen director Gavin Millar, in his only foray into big-screen cinema.

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