Alice in Wonderland (1976 film)

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Alice in Wonderland
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Directed by Bud Townsend
Produced by William Osco
Screenplay by B. Anthony Fredericks
Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 
by Lewis Carroll
Starring Kristine De Bell
Music by Jack Stern
Cinematography Joseph Bardo
Edited by Shaun Walsh
Production
company
Essex Pictures Company
Distributed by General National Enterprises
Release dates
  • December 10, 1976 (1976-12-10)
Running time
78 minutes (R-rated)
81 minutes (X-rated)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400 thousand

Alice in Wonderland (sometimes listed as Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Comedy) is a 1976 pornographic musical film, loosely based on Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was directed by Bud Townsend and starred Terri Hall, Bree Anthony, and Kristine DeBell. The theatrical release of the film was on December 10, 1976 in the USA. On May 26–27 it was shown at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, Washington during Satellites 2000: Screens From Outer Space.

The film initially received an X-rating in 1976 and subsequently, an R-rating a year later with three minutes cut from the film. It was later re-released on VHS with a somewhat grandiose title roll preceding the movie noting that quite a bit of hardcore footage had originally been shot, but "could not be included" at the time. Was released in mainstream theaters and grossed over $90 million globally.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Alice (Kristine DeBell) offends her boyfriend William (Ron Nelson) by rejecting his advances. Upset, she falls asleep reading Alice in Wonderland. The white rabbit (Larry Gelman) appears to her in a dream and takes her into a sexual wonderland. The story loosely follows Carroll's original plot, and includes many of his characters, but with considerable sexual license.

Cast[edit]

History[edit]

The film was produced by adult film mogul Bill Osco, the producer of the first mainstream adult film, Mona (1970), and its sequel Harlot (1971), as well as the comedy/stop motion effects hit, Flesh Gordon (1974). Osco chose to make as his next project a musical pornographic version of the Lewis Carroll novel, finding that the story rights were in the public domain. The result was an X-rated feature which was picked up by 20th Century Fox, who cut three minutes to obtain an R-Rating.

Availability[edit]

Alice was circulated as an R-rated version in VHS format by Media Home Entertainment. The hardcore version was also available on VHS. Both have long been out of print. In December 2007, Subversive Cinema released a DVD containing the original X-rated and hardcore versions, fully restored,[2] and available through mainstream DVD retail outlets.

Off-Broadway musical[edit]

In 2007, an Off-Broadway musical based on his Alice in Wonderland was staged at the Kirk Theatre in New York City. Osco was credited with writing the book.[3] The show was entitled Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy and flyers advertising it were designated "For Mature Audiences Only". The show was set in a trailer park in Weehawken, New Jersey.[3]

See also[edit]

Movie has a scene where Alice runs from Queens castle, in midst of escape we see big title card reading "Run Alice Run", Tom Tykwer's "Run Lola Run" intertitle has strikingly similar font type and colours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollingsworth, Cristopher (2009). Alice Beyond Wonderland: Essays for the Twenty-first Century. Iowa City, IA: University Of Iowa Press. p. 182. ISBN 978-1587298196. 
  2. ^ Subversive Cinema release
  3. ^ a b Dietz, Dan (2009). Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 12. ISBN 978-0786433995. 

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