- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 5, 2001
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 01/10/1992
"...[A] witty and heartbreaking fairy tale..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1991
"...ALICE is richly stocked in character pleasures..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/31/1991
"...Charming....ALICE is pleasantly out of whacl....There are pleasures in its small-time ambitions..."
When a rich, unhappy housewife visits an acupuncturist to cure her painful back, he offers her potions to heal more than her physical ailments. For 16 years, Alice has remained faithfully wed to her wealthy, inattentive husband. Cooks prepare their dinner; nannies tend to their children. Yet Alice is unhappy and doesn't know why. But one visit to the magical Dr. Yang changes everything.
- Theatrical release: December 1990.
- Filmed on location in New York City.
- Woody Allen told Roger Ebert that he was inspired to make this film after a visit to an acupuncturist someone had recommended to him to clear up his sties; the acupuncturist, a favorite with many wealthy Manhattan women, used cat's whiskers as "medicine." "It didn't work at all...the guy was totally fraudulent, but it stayed with me because it was such a funny story." Later he fleshed out the experience, thinking how wonderful it would be if there could be a simple, magical answer to all of a person's problems.
- Among the many cameos in the film are appearances by James Toback, Elle MacPherson, Judith Ivey, David Spielberg, and Bob Balaban.
- The soundtrack includes songs performed by Jackie Gleason, Artie Shaw, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, and Liberace, among others.
- Among the New York sights in the film are the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, the Big Apple Circus, Times Square, Barbetta restaurant, and Chinatown.
- James McDaniel, who went on to play Lieutenant Arthur Fancy on NYPD BLUE, has a bit part as a party guest.
- Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, Woody and Mia's adopted daughter, plays Kate.