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Malice in Wonderland (1985)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ58MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

It's scandalously wicked fun as `Hedda` and `Lolly` catapult unknowns into overnight fame or turn the biggest star into a has-been. The battle to be top Gossip Queen is about to turn into a perfect storm of rumors, threats and blackmail. These Divas of Dirt are headed for the biggest catfight Hollywood has ever seen, and no one's secrets are safe. Starring Elizabeth Taylor.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fans of Elizabeth Taylor have sought out this film on home video for years and -if you look at the prices being asked for old VHS copies - you'll see that there is still a need to have it released. Arny Schorr - a former Rhino exec, who created S'more Entertainment a few years ago to reissue on DVD many out of print titles - is giving fans what they want with this new DVD release - at a fair price.

This is the story of the battle between 1940s and 50s gossip columnists Louella Parsons (Elizabeth Taylor, in one of her best roles late in her career) and Hedda Hopper (Jane Alexander, who seems to turn her personality way too quickly but is almost as "catty" as Taylor as the film proceeds) and was made by ITV to air on TV in 1985. It covers the years 1928 through 1944 and much of it takes place on the huge MGM lot. Both Taylor and Alexander hold the screen which nice supporting work by Richard Dysart (who many will remember as the head partner on "L.A. Law") as studio head L.B. Mayer and even a small role by Tim Robbins (early in his career) as actor Joseph Cotton. Fans of Hollywood lore will enjoy seeing "re-creations" of such famous folks as Bing Crosby, Clark Gabel and Orson Welles. (This was the period when he was making "Citizen Kane"). The budget for costumes was obviously high.

The film is "based on actual events" and there's a bit of Hollywood lore here. The film starts slow but it's at the one-hour mark that the claws come out and the dialogue has some of the juiciest barbs in this battle to be the "nosiest gossip columnist" reaches its peak.

The print is near perfect. The exterior scenes have a bit more sepia than the inside ones - but that's the way it was filmed. There are chapter stops but no bonus materials. (After all, this was made for TV, and networks rarely saved "deleted" scenes.

Thanks go to S'more for making this film available again.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best witch movie with a b March 10, 2008
By A. Dix
This is an excellent movie.The 2 main characters are great at being fighting friends.They are both witches with a B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it on TV years ago - always remembered it January 28, 2013
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This is an entertaining story about two competitive gossip columnists, famous in their day, Luella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. I do not know how accurate it is, but it is based on facts. Elizabeth Taylor comes across as fawning, condescending, manipulating, and yet at the same time seems insecure and dependent; I've never seen her perform in any other role exactly like this. She is a talent. Jane Alexander does an excellent portrayal as Hedda Hopper, and done in a way that identifies her as a survivalist in the challenging industry of the movie world.
Do not confuse this movie with others of the same name which are not even based on the same story; this is different than those.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Hollywood October 24, 2009
Fantastic actesses telling it like it use to be in Hollywood. All the gossip and what went on behind closed doors. Everyone from Louie B Mayer to Clark Gable are part of this film. Very interesting in view of today's Entertainment channels and Enquirer movie coverage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taylor in top form February 28, 2010
This is a marvelous look at Elizabeth Taylor in tip top form doing a wickedly acid portrayal of Louella Parsons. Hatred for Parsons, that must have been real, oozes from her every pore.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gossip movie!!! September 15, 2005
By viewer
This a a great movie about two notorious nasty gossip columnists during Hollywood's golden era starring Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander.It's a must see!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous look at the Golden Age of Hollywood August 2, 2010
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I think this is one of the best movies to show just how two women, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, controlled Hollywood back in its heyday. Elizabeth Taylor does a great job of portraying Louella Parsons, right down to her quirky way of speaking. Jane Alexander does a fabulous job with her rendition of Hedda Hopper. All in all, if you can get a hold of this movie on DVD, snatch it's worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good product April 11, 2014
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Manu tanks it's a very good performance. I l'ile very much Élisabeth Taylor and she plays very well it's a real pleasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a piece of fluff kind of a movie
jane alexander and liz taylor were hoots as the infamous hedda hopper and louella parsons. its a real cat fight kind of a movie
Published 8 months ago by carol mcgorman
4.0 out of 5 stars RELIVING MEMORIES
Published 9 months ago by KENAUSSIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Malice in Wonderland
great little story of some history of the hollywood gossip machine back in the day. thought jane alexander did her part of hedda hopper great, also elizabeth taylor was great, she... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linda Jennings
2.0 out of 5 stars dorie
I thought Elizabeth,s part was not acted well . The story line was not good, Elizabeth was a Reporter who was put on a pedistal. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Doris M. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Malice in wonderland
I saw this movie a long time ago and looked for it since, it's great! This movie has a lot of fine quality to it.i am a fan of old Hollywood movies
Published 18 months ago by Phyllis Rushcamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!! A Must Have!!
The great Liz Taylor is at her best is this wonderful move about Hollywood gosip divas, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Darkgable48
5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor at her BEST!
Made for TV, this film is a MUST for anyone who wants to know how things were behind the scenes during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Boston Brahmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I will definitely buy this. I didn't know it existed. When I saw the movie on TV I was fascinated by Taylor's performance. In my view it is one of her best. Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Diatonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be re-released on DVD
This is such a terrific movie. I personally think that it is Elizabeth Taylor's best movie. And she and Jane Alexander had such a wonderful chemistry together. Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by M. Ernsberger
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