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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'.

The Exonerated (2005)

6.7/10
Director: Bob Balaban
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn

Adapted from the highly acclaimed off-Broadway play, this film tells six true stories of death row inmates proven innocent and released after serving... Read more

Closer ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

7.3/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen

Emotional and sexual gamesmanship, as seen through the couplings and uncouplings of four people - photographer Julia Roberts, stripper Natalie Portman... Read more

Mango Kiss (2004)

4.7/10
Director: Sascha Rice
Starring: Daniele Ferraro, Michelle Wolff, Sally Kirkland, Dru Mouser, Tina Marie Murray

A stylish romantic comedy that finds butch lesbian Lou unexpectedly falling in love with her best friend, Sassafras. After taking a trip to San Franc... Read more

The Merchant of Venice (2004)

7.1/10
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris M...

Al Pacino takes the lead role of Shylock the moneylender in one of Shakespeare's most searing plays, with Jeremy Irons as the melancholy Antonio who o... Read more

Marie and Bruce (2004)

4.7/10
Director: Tom Cairns
Starring: Julianne Moore, Matthew Broderick, Bob Balaban, Tom Riis Farrell, Julie Hagerty,...

Marie (Julianne Moore) and Bruce (Matthew Broderick) are embarking on the end of their marriage. And it's not going to be pretty. Based on a play by... Read more

The Libertine (2004)

6.4/10
Director: Laurence Dunmore
Starring: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Kell...

Johnny Depp plays the hedonistic writer John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, close friend of Charles II (John Malkovich) and a notorius figure in 17th cent... Read more

Heights (2004)

5.5/10
Director: Chris Terrio
Starring: Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Jesse Bradford, Eric Bogosian, Matt...

A smart ensemble drama revolving around 24 hours in the lives of five ambitious New Yorkers. Glenn Close is the link as a Broadway diva who's just fo... Read more

Stage Beauty (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, Ben Chaplin, Richard...

Adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher's play and based loosely on the life of Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup), a 17th century theatre star noted particularly for h... Read more

A Good Woman (2004)

6.5/10
Director: Mike Barker
Starring: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbe...

One of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, 'Lady Windermere's Fan', is moved to '30s New York. Helen Hunt is Mrs Erlynne, the widow living comfortably o... Read more

The Woodsman (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Nicole Kassell
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Eve , Mos Def, David Alan Grier, Benjamin Bratt

After twelve years in prison, Walter (Kevin Bacon) moves into a small apartment, gets a job and keeps to himself. But as a convicted sex offender his... Read more