Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

D: William Sterling
20th Century Fox (Derek Horne)
UK 🇬🇧 1972
101 mins


W: William Sterling [based on the novel by Lewis Carroll]
DP: Geoffrey Unsworth
Ed: Peter Weatherley
Mus: John Barry
PD: Michael Stringer
Cos: Anthony Mendleson

Fiona Fullerton (Alice), Michael Crawford (White Rabbit), Robert Helpmann (Mad Hatter), Dudley Moore (Dormouse), Spike Milligan (Gryphon), Peter Sellers (March Hare), Dennis Price (King of Hearts), Flora Robson (Queen of Hearts), Michael Hordern (Mock Turtle), Ralph Richardson (Caterpillar) 

Story-wise, this is as faithful an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's original novel as you're likely get, but the execution is that of a filmed pantomime rather than a live action feature which makes it rather tedious towards the end and the ensemble cast aren't really fitting for their roles (especially an Alice who is far too old and some of the cameo performances which are far too camp).
Despite obvious faults, it has some decent production values for its age, especially production design, costumes and some of the makeup effects.
It's quite unfortunate that this version will disappear under the radar given the popularity of the animated and Tim Burton versions. This is well worth a watch and is definitely one version which the family could sit round and enjoy over Christmastime.

Fiona Fullerton in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Fiona Fullerton in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Did You Know:
Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), was first runner-up for the title role of Alice. 

Award Wins & Nominations:


Wins: 1 (Best Makeup)

Nominations: 3 (Best Costume Design; Best Original Musical or Comedy Score; Best Special Visual Effects)


Wins: none

Nominations: none


Wins: 2 (Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design)

Nominations: none