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Alice's Playhouse

In Alice's Playhouse you will discover an exceptional collection of feature films adapted from some of the most celebrated plays ever written. Often featuring towering performances, outstanding direction and exceptional writing, this collection is a superb archive of contemporary drama masterfully transferred to the silver screen. Filmizations of The Bard's work may be scrolled via the 'Shakespeare' sub-feature in green on the left, along with other notable playwrights who have been adapted for celluloid. For adaptations of novels and short stories, check the 'Special Interest' link and click on 'Based on...' Right: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax during the filming of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

5.8/10
Director: Darren Grant
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tamara Taylor, Shemar Moore, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany...

Helen and Charles seem to have the idyllic marriage, unitl one day Charles brings his mistress home and kicks Helen out! The dejected wife runs back... Read more

Dimboola (1979)

6/10
Director: John Duigan
Starring: Bruce Spence, Natalie Bate, Max Gillies

This little Aussie ripper is set in the outback town of Dimboola where the impending nuptials of Morrie and Maureen are eagerly anticipated - not to m... Read more

Dinner at Eight (1933)

7.8/10
Director: George Cukor
Starring: John Barrymore, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Ed...

Based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's Broadway hit, in which an elaborate dinner party reveals a web of intrigue and romance. With a sparkling... Read more

Diplomacy (2014)

7.1/10
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Andre Dussollier, Robert Stadlober, Burghart Klaussner

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should be destroyed rather than fall into enemy ha... Read more

Doubt (2008)

7.5/10
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Outstanding performances highlight John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his award-winning stage play. At a Bronx Catholic school, scandal and speculat... Read more

Doubt ( Blu-ray ) (2008)

7.5/10
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Outstanding performances highlight John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his award-winning stage play. At a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, scandal and... Read more

Driving Miss Daisy (1990)

4.5/10
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

The Oscar-winning adaptation of Alfred Uhry's play about a wealthy Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. It covers the period from the late forties th... Read more

Easy Virtue (2008)

6.7/10
Director: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Katherine Parkinson...

An entertaining adaptation of Noel Coward's play, set in 1929 and starring Jessica Biel as the brash American divorcee who shocks the prim English fam... Read more

Edmond (2005)

6.3/10
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: William H Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Bai Ling, Jeffrey Combs, Denise Rich...

Frustrated city mouse Edmond Burke (William H Macy) hates his wife, his job and he desperately wants to get laid. After a fortune-teller tells him hi... Read more

Educating Rita (1983)

7.2/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael C Williams

An entertaining adaptation of Willy Russell's stage play about a young working class wife who wants to better herself and selects a boozy professor as... Read more