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Alice, Sweet Alice

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When ten-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice's family members are attacked, along with residents of her apartment building. Can a twelve-year-old girl be capable of such mayhem, or is someone else with a vicious plan destroying her family? ALICE SWEET ALICE features a surprising amount of bloodletting along with a heavy dose of Catholic iconography. This was the first (albeit brief) screen appearance for Shields. The film is alternately known as Communion and Holy Terror. Special Features Include Commentary by Director Alfred Sole & Film Editor Edward Salier and Photo Gallery. Presented in Letterboxed format (Aspect Ratio 1.85:1)


" A superior, modern gothic thriller." -- US Magazine

"Director Alfred Sole has a brilliant touch for the macabre and there are some splendidly chilling scenes." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It scared the hell out of me." -- Robert Wise, (Director of The Haunting)

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  • Actors: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry
  • Directors: Alfred Sole
  • Writers: Alfred Sole, Rosemary Ritvo
  • Producers: Alfred Sole, Marc G. Greenberg, Richard K. Rosenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7V3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alice, Sweet Alice" on IMDb

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By bdlion on September 27, 2005
Format: DVD
I finally got my hands on a copy of this out of print DVD and watched it in the wee dark hours. I was so disturbed afterwards I couldn't go to sleep.

This is a really well crafted horror/suspense movie that was notable at the time of its release as the debut film of Brooke Shields (whose fame has since faded). Beyond this, it is a creepy, chilling, and fascinating film with some very realistic murder sequences. The idea of a child being murdered on the day of her first communion INSIDE THE CHURCH is disturbing enough, and to watch this sequence will send a chill up your spine.

After this, the question becomes, is the bratty older sister the culprit, or is someone else the killer? What's interesting regarding the attacks by the killer is how utterly out of control and spontaneous they are, just as I imagine a crazy person would conduct such attacks. The killer isn't just interested in killing the victims, the killer wants to assault them in any manner, at any time.


One victim is stabbed in the legs and feet as she is descending a staircase, and the motive seems to be the infliction of pain, suffering, and torture, all presented very realistcally. The attack is cruel, brutal, and sudden, completely unexpected. Despite what the main review says, there is plenty of blood to be seen.

Another victim is beaten with a brick, and then very graphically, has his mouth bashed several times with the brick. This scene is so realistic, I swear I could see the actor's lips splitting and the actor spitting out teeth. Again, the viciousness of the attack is simply terrifying and unnerving.

When the killer is revealed more than half way through the film, I thought this would diminish the rest of the movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on February 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Communion" is the better alternative title for this thoroughly enjoyable horror film. Don't expect to see much of the character of Brooke Shields, as she doesn't survive for very long! That's all I 'm saying about the plot, as this is a real whodunnit that should be enjoyed without prior warning. The real star of this movie is Paula Sheppard as the disturbed youngster Alice, who appears to be at the center of some very gruesome murders. It doesn't help that she likes to wander around in a bright yellow raincoat and spooky smiling mask, but that's just scratching the surface of this movie's weirdness..Gore highlights include a horrific stabbing through a staircase bannister which will make you wince, as well as a painful scene in which the murderer has to bash in the teeth of a victim who is biting down on a vital piece of incriminating evidence..ouch! All the acting is superb, including Linda Miller as the agonised mother, and Jane Lowry, I think as the bitchy aunt. The film really stands out because of the stylish direction and many twists, I really recommend a viewing. It has been compared to "Don't Look Now", but it reminds me more of Michael Winner's "The Sentinel", only better.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Alice, Sweet Alice (Alfred Sole, 1976)

Alfred Sole directed only four films in his brief career (he later switched to production design, and has been running his feet off in that capacity since 1994; two films, twenty-six TV movies, and a TV series). Alice, Sweet Alice was the second of them, and the only film he directed for which he also wrote the screenplay. Very strange, because Alice, Sweet Alice is the best film Sole directed, and you'd think Hollywood would have given him another chance.

Alice (Liquid Sky's Paula E. Sheppard) is a troubled adolescent. Her mother, Catherine (Linda Miller of An Unmarried Woman and Turner & Hooch), is at wits' end. Her sister Karen (Brooke Shields, in her big screen debut) alternates between hating her and wanting to be her. Until, that is, Karen winds up dead just before receiving her first communion. The community's suspicion falls on Alice, naturally, while her mother staunchly defends the girl's innocence.

Tight, leisurely, and eerie, Alice, Sweet Alice is one of those movies that keeps you guessing till the end (even when the killer is revealed half an hour before that). It takes time to develop its characters, which has turned off a number of reviewers; if you rent this expecting a nonstop frightfest, you will be disappointed. This is mystery combined with coming-of-age tale that happens to have horrific elements to it.

Special mention should be made of the appearance of silent film star Lillian Roth, whose cameo was her first big-screen appearance in over forty years. (Roth would make only one more appearance, also a cameo, before her death in 1980.)

A fine piece of work, and one that deserves far more recognition than it's gotten. *** ½
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on March 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
It took me over two years to give this film a chance. When I first saw this, I was the type of person who watched movies for entertainment and hated to be bored. Since taking up screenwriting, my opinions and taste have obviously changed, but let's not discuss that.
Made in the late 70's by director Alfred Sole, I wasn't so sure this film would be in my taste range. Seemed like another cheesy 70's slasher. After reading many positive reviews on the film, I decided to give it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The film is never boring and the suspense is terrific.
It starts off with a bang and ends the same way. Paula Sheppard plays Alice, a hot-headed and grumpy problem child who lives with her adorable little sister Karen, played by Brooke Shields, and single mom. When Karen is murdered during her first communion and Alice takes her place in line, suspicion immediately falls upon her as the murderer. Even her aunt begins to suspect Alice. This brings Alice's estranged father to town for an investigation to prove his daughter's innocence.
Meanwhile, the killer, wearing a yellow slicker and doll's mask continues the rein of terror, as he begins to target Alice's family.
This is not a typical slasher film as it mixes elements of Catholicism that become essential to the film. That doesn't really matter though, as the film is a terrific whodunit. You find yourself wondering if Alice really is the killer or not. Not trying to give anything away, the revelation truly is a shocking one, as are most of the death scenes in the film. Some of them are just so unexpected and very well done. The performances are also exceptionally wonderful, especially that of 19 year old Paula Sheppard who plays the 12 year old Alice.
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