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Alex in Wonderland (1970)





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A young schoolboy is spirited away to a magical fantasy land after falling asleep in the school library while writing an essay on children's literature in this family friendly dance musical. Alex always thought fairy tales were for girls, though after befriending the White Rabbit, he discovers that the human imagination knows no boundaries. James Ingram, Diane Louie, and Debbie Allen provide the score for a music-filled fantasy inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Donald Sutherland
as Alex Morrison
Ellen Burstyn
as Beth Morrison
Paul Mazursky
as Hal Stern
Moss Mabry
as Mr. Wayne
Richard Geary
as Studio Cop
Billy Holms
as P.R. Man
George Reynolds
as Chauffeur
John Rico
as Fellini #2
Angelo Rossitto
as Fellini #1
Marvin Walkenstein
as Bernie Leavitt
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Critic Reviews for Alex in Wonderland

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

What makes it so good is the gift Mazursky, Tucker and their actors have of fleshing out the small scenes of human contact that give the movie its almost frightening resonance.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

[Paul] Mazursky does himself the disservice of letting us believe that there is nothing more distinctive within him than plastic storefronts and bubblegum philosophies.

January 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This is introverted self-indulgence.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Mazursky's follow-up to his striking debut, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, is quite a pretentious imitation of the seminal 81/2 by maestro Fellini, who makes a cameo in the film but the acting of Sutherland is solid.

July 6, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alex in Wonderland


Practically an American remake of "8 1/2," this obscure film is writer/director Paul Mazursky's shaggy portrait of the inner doubts following his "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" success. Donald Sutherland (on the cusp of "M*A*S*H*" stardom) is Alex Morrison, a young Hollywood director with good taste in hats and a magnificent beard. He has an anxious but forgiving wife (Ellen Burstyn, not long before her own star-making role in "The Exorcist") and two sweet daughters (the older is Mazursky's real-life child Meg). Alex's debut feature -- we never learn a thing about its contents -- is being shown to preview audiences, and seems poised to be a commercial and critical hit. Amidst this realization, Alex grapples with two big questions: settling on his next project and deciding whether to pursue the lifestyle upgrades which his new wealth will allow. The "plot" goes no further than the above -- the action is episodic and intentionally unresolved. Alex travels, brainstorms, has meetings, takes acid and ambivalently helps his wife shop for a larger house. Along the way, there are surreal sequences involving a violent race-riot film shot in the streets, a celebratory beach dance with nude African natives, an overt tribute to "8 1/2" (including borrowed score from "Juliet of the Spirits") and a wonderful French tune sung by drop-in superstar Jeanne Moreau. Elsewhere, Federico Fellini himself appears in one scene, impatiently enduring Alex's fannish questions while trying to edit his own real-life work. The line between script and improvisation is fuzzy -- Sutherland has cute chemistry with his onscreen daughters, and visibly helps them through some of their scenes. Fellini's and Moreau's cameos seem loosely written too. Regardless, "Alex in Wonderland" is an interesting peek inside Mazursky's head, as well as a broader look at that "Easy Rider" era when Hollywood was so desperately hoping to tap the exploding hippie subculture.

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