Alice

1990

Alice

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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.

Cast

Mia Farrow
as Alice Tate
Joe Mantegna
as Joe Ruffalo
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
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
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
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
Lisa Marie
as Office Xmas Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Alice

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Audience Reviews for Alice

  • Aug 15, 2012
    Woody Allen's "Alice" has such an enchanting, goofy charm to it that you almost don't notice the unevenness and blandness of its script. The cast (which includes Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, and Alec Baldwin in an unusual cameo) does a good job in their roles, but their characters just feel empty and too conventional. As well, "Alice" is frankly just too long and not all that interesting, which makes for a dangerous combination. I won't deny that there are clever moments interspersed throughout, but as a whole, the film just isn't consistent or engaging enough to feel like it matters. Not one of Allen's finer attempts.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2011
    Some scenes were pretentious, others scenes felt like sitting out in the park on a Sunday afternoon. "Alice" isn't a bad film but by the time you are done watching the movie, you'll easily have forgotten it. I was getting the feeling Allen dedicated this movie to Mia Farrow.
    Brian R Super Reviewer

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