Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 3,560 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Long Island, New York, USA
  • Gross: $72,979(USA)(29 March 2009)
  • Director: Daniel Barnz
  • Stars: Elle Fanning, Patricia Clarkson and Felicity Huffman
  • Original Music By: Christophe Beck   
  • Soundtrack: Queen Alice
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Girl | Teacher | Misfit | Tourettes | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Writing Credits By:

  • Daniel Barnz (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The first draft for the script was written one year before Elle Fanning (Phoebe) was even born.
  • This movie is Elle Fanning’s first lead role in a feature film.

Plot: Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher. Full summary »  »

Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't – or can't – follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, as her brilliant but anguished mother begins to worry for her daughter's health.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: PHOEBE is the fantastical tale of a little girl (Elle Fanning) who won’t, or can’t, follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher (Clarkson), even as her brilliant but anguished mother (Huffman) looks to Phoebe herself for inspiration.

The movie tells a story of a 9 year old girl, Phoebe (Elle Fanning) and her mother (Felicity Huffman). Phoebe seeks a role in her school’s play, ”Alice In Wonderland”, directed by her teacher, Miss Dodger (Patricia Clarkson). While her mother supports her for the role, Phoebe is nervous and lacks self-confidence. The film follows Phoebe through the ups and downs of trying out, getting the role and being the "oddball" kid. [D-Man2010]

Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning, and Patricia Clarkson star in director/screenwriter Daniel Barnz’s illuminating tale of parenting and growth concernining an exceptional young girl whose troubling retreat into fantasy draws the concern of both her dejected mother and her unusually perceptive drama teacher. Phoebe (Fanning) is a talented young student who longs to take part in the school production of Alice in Wonderland, but whose bizarre behavior sets her well apart from her carefree classmates. Her mother (Huffman) is an aspiring academic who is beginning to feel like she has not only failed in her professional career, but as a parent as well. Though Phoebe’s gifted drama teacher (Clarkson) has no doubts about the young girl’s talent and capacity for learning, the frustration of seeing such a promising student slowly slip ever further away from reality soon becomes a growing concern both at home and at school. [D-Man2010]

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Produced By:

  • Ben Barnz known as producer
  • Nissa Ren Cannon known as associate producer
  • Doug Dey known as executive producer
  • Lynette Howell known as producer
  • George Paaswell known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Felicity Huffman known as Hillary Lichten
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Miss Dodger
  • Elle Fanning known as Phoebe Lichten
  • Bill Pullman known as Peter Lichten
  • Campbell Scott known as Principal Davis
  • Ian Colletti known as Jamie
  • Bailee Madison known as Olivia Lichten
  • Peter Gerety known as Dr. Miles / Humpty Dumpty
  • Madhur Jaffrey known as Miss Reiter
  • Maddie Corman known as 1st Teacher / White Rabbit
  • Max Baker known as 2nd Teacher / King of Hearts
  • Mackenzie Milone known as Sally
  • Austin Williams known as Tommy
  • Teala Dunn known as Jenny
  • Caitlin Sanchez known as Monica
  • Marquis Rodriguez known as Martin
  • Gracie Lawrence known as Julie (as Gracie Bea Lawrence)
  • Alicia Nakhjavan known as Ellen
  • Cindy Joo known as Sara
  • Conor Carroll known as Jeremy
  • Miranda Wilkins known as Janet
  • Maya N. Blake known as Debby (as Maya Blake)
  • Tessa Albertson known as Alice
  • Ron Simons known as Colleague #1
  • Michael Nostrand known as Colleague #2
  • April Yvette Thompson known as Colleague #3
  • Nancy Opel known as Woman in Home
  • Melissa Swender known as Swan Lake Dancer
  • Tyler Hanes known as Male Sleeping Beauty Dancer
  • Danielle Kotch known as 2 Year Old Phoebe

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  • Joseph Farulla known as makeup department head
  • Jason Hayes known as hair department head
  • Sharon Ilson known as key makeup artist
  • Jacques Stephane Lempire known as key hair stylist
  • Stephanie Pasicov known as key makeup artist
  • Stayc St. Onge known as additional makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Liz Bonaventura known as charge scenic
  • Peter Bundrick known as key carpenter
  • Jeff Butcher known as property master
  • Almitra Corey known as art department coordinator
  • Kley Gilbuena known as assistant property master
  • Hunter Harris known as art department intern
  • Richard Hebrank known as construction coordinator
  • Sean Ryan Jennings known as art department intern
  • Jenna Josepher known as art department intern
  • Tom LaVecchia known as on-set dresser
  • Arif Mahmood known as art department production assistant
  • Wayne Scott Miller known as set dresser
  • Marc Newman known as leadman
  • Nick Robert known as art department production assistant
  • Patricia Sprott known as scenic foreman


Production Companies:

  • Silverwood Films

Other Companies:

  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • Mega Playground  video dailies
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
  • Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting  extras casting
  • Upload Films  post-production
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • THINKFilm (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Red Envelope Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lifetime Network (2008) (USA) (TV)
  • DTP Entertainment (2012) (Germany) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Laptv (2009) (Argentina) (TV)

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Special Effects:

  • Engine Room

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Caplan known as visual effects producer
  • Padraic Culham known as digital compositor
  • Dan Schmit known as visual effects supervisor
  • Adam Simpson known as visual effects editor

Release Date:

  • USA 20 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 7 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • USA 6 April 2008 (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 April 2008 (RiverRun International Film Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2008 (Boston International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 13 June 2008 (Maui Film Festival)
  • Italy 13 July 2008 (Giffoni Film Festival)
  • USA 6 March 2009 (limited)
  • Brazil 24 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 7 July 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Germany 26 January 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language


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