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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: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: May 1 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7V3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,747 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Paula Sheppard is Alice, a pouty, petulant problem child at that awkward age living with her precocious little sister Karen (Brooke Shields) and single mom. When Karen is murdered during her first communion and Alice takes her place in line, suspicion immediately falls on her. Then a diminutive killer in a yellow slicker and opaque mask continues the reign of terror, and Alice's estranged father takes up the investigation to prove her innocence. Director Alfred Sole has acknowledged a debt to Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, but Alice, Sweet Alice is really in the Hitchcock mold, a stylish, smartly executed psychological suspense thriller. The violence is rarely graphic but often grueling and always harrowing, and the deaths reverberate through the film in genuine and sometimes hysterical outpourings of grief. Even when Sole reveals the killer's identity in a startling moment halfway through (à la Vertigo), the tension never lets up. The original title of the film, Communion, better captures the Catholic elements of guilt, sacrifice, and redemption that become central to the film (another tip to Hitchcock). Only a couple of grotesque caricatures (notably an obese pedophile landlord) and a few rough moments (largely special effects scenes, likely due to budgetary constraints) mar this otherwise intelligent and well executed thriller. The DVD also features an insightful commentary track by director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier and an alternate credits sequence (identical but for the film's title), as well as brief biographies and filmographies and a stills gallery. --Sean Axmaker

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on Feb. 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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By A Customer on Aug. 15 2000
Format: DVD
This is a suspenseful chiller in which a young girl may or may not be responsible for the murder of her younger sister (played by a very young Brooke Shields) and other aggravated mayhem. Alfred Sole directs with great style and creates some vivid imagery. The cast hams it up quite a bit but it all seems to work with the material. Paula Sheppard is particularly effective as Alice. She has wonderfully expressive eyes and manages to exude both pity and weirdness. Although the character of Alice is only 12 years old, Sheppard was 19 at the time the film was shot. The film has a couple of loop holes in it's script with supernatural references that are never fully explored. Having said that, this film joins other low budget horror films of the 60's and 70's (Dementia 13, Halloween, Carnival Of Souls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) that showed how imagination and creativity produced quality products rather than the size of the budget. Sidebar: The DVD version of this film contains some really fascinating commentary by Alfred Sole as well as two other crew members. It's chock full of intresting anecdotes.
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Format: DVD
The DVD of ALICE SWEET ALICE is a decent presentation, but the print used is not one of the best. Many scenes have vertical scratch marks that sometimes last for over a minute and occur in some crucial scenes. The image itself is also not the sharpest, but it is satisfactory. Other than that, the DVD doesn't include a trailer, but instead has the alternate opening "Communion" credit sequence (the same as the ASA opening except for the title). Commentary track by director Sole is quite interesting, however.
The movie itself is a stylish little horror-mystery which is somewhat reminiscent of "Don't Look Now". Unfortunately, it starts off way better than it ends. The first hour is pretty excellent and full of thrills and twists....but as soon as the murderer is revealed, the movie really loses it. The final 30-40 minutes are very average and really hampered my opinion of this film. It's too bad, because it could have really been a great little horror film. As it is, it's still worth seeing and definitely NOT a waste of time, but if you want something as good as "Don't Look Now"...don't look here!
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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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