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Alice (1990)

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Joe
Mia Farrow ... Alice
William Hurt ... Doug
June Squibb ... Hilda
Marceline Hugot ... Monica
Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow ... Kate
Matthew H. Williamson Matthew H. Williamson ... Dennis (as Matt Williamson)
Julie Kavner ... Decorator
Billy Taylor Billy Taylor ... Trainer
Holland Taylor ... Helen
Michael-Vaughn Sullivan Michael-Vaughn Sullivan ... Hairstylist
Robin Bartlett ... Nina
Linda Wallem ... Penny
Gina Gallagher Gina Gallagher ... Joe's Daughter
Patience Moore Patience Moore ... School Teacher
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Storyline

Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut. Written by Carl Seiler <lcs9549@tamsun.tamu.edu>

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A younger man and a bolder woman

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

William Hurt and Alec Baldwin later appeared in The Good Shepherd (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Thelonious Monk's version of "Darn That Dream" appears on the soundtrack, the LP sleeve of "Monk's Dream" is shown, implying that Alice and Joe are listening to it. However the tune is not featured on that album. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doug: Hey, where are you now?
Alice: Nowhere.
Doug: It's late, I have to go.
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Connections

Version of Alice in Wonderland (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
Traditional tune
Performed by Liberace
Courtesy of G.M.L.
Under license from CBS Special Products, a division of CBS Records, Inc.
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very enjoyable
5 April 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Mia Farrow is "Alice" in this 1990 Woody Allen film. Here, Allen borrows from "Juliet of the Spirits" and "Alice in Wonderland" to make a delightful movie about an unhappy woman trying to find herself.

Alice (Farrow) married a wealthy man (William Hurt) and gave up a career in fashion. She has everything - a gorgeous New York apartment, two children, and servants. She spends her time shopping and having beauty treatments. At her kids' school, she meets a man (Joe Mantegna) and is shocked to realize that she's attracted to him. When she goes to a Dr. Yang (Keye Luke) for a back problem, Dr. Yang sees right away that Alice's pain is psychological. He gives her an herb to take.

The herb has an amazing effect on Alice, who then openly flirts with the object of her affection, Joe. Dr. Yang keeps hitting Alice up with potions: one makes her invisible, so she can watch Joe with his psychiatrist ex-wife (Judy Davis); another reunites her with the ghost of her first love (Alec Baldwin). Alice and Joe finally get together. But one of the potions helps her to find something out that she not only didn't know, but that changes her life.

Mia Farrow does a good job as Alice; in my opinion, other than "Rosemary's Baby," she did her best work with Allen. The rest of the cast is good and sail through this film about self-discovery, unrealized goals, and passion. An unsung film of Allen's that deserves more attention.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

10 January 1991 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Alice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,274, 25 December 1990

Gross USA:

$7,331,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,331,647
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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