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Release Date: 1990

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

PG-13|1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary
A well-to-do Manhattan housewife, Alice Tate (Mia Farrow), finds her affections shifting from her stockbroker husband (William Hurt) of 16 years to saxophone player Joe Ruffalo (Joe Mantegna), a veritable stranger. After realizing her feelings, Tate begins to experience back pains and visits a Chinatown herbalist, Dr. Yang (Keye Luke), for a cure. Perceptive to her dilemma, Yang provides a series of magical herbal remedies to provide Tate the insight she needs to solve her problem.

Cast: Mia Farrow, Joe Mantegna, William Hurt, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Keye Luke, Bernadette Peters

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, Office, Family, New York City, Doctor, Amusing, Forbidden love, Love, Sister, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a brilliant film, written tightly enough so that practically every word is important. Add a large cast that blends into a perfect ensemble, plus direction that gives every shot some meaning, and you can't ask much more. [25 Jan 1991, p.3F]

  • Alice may be a minor work in the Allen canon, but when its grace notes manage to be heard above the whimsy, they ring true. show more

  • Farrow is hilarious when she's aggressively pursuing Mantegna; amusingly dumbstruck when she's fighting off a group of male partygoers (one of the secret potions makes them fall in love with her); and touching when she's trying to reconcile with her sister (Blythe Danner) or sell her lame script ideas to an old friend who works for the networks (Cybill Shepherd). The performance is a triumph of sensitivity to rapid mood swings that stops just short of turning the movie into The Three Faces of Alice. [25 Jan 1991, p.22]

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