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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  26 December 1962 (USA)
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An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

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Joe Clay is a top-notch public relations man. Anything a client wants Joe can arrange for them, whether it be dancing girls or an article in a prominent magazine. Part of the job however is drinking and Joe's ability to consume alcohol seems boundless. When he meets the very pretty Kirsten Arnasen, she prefers chocolate to alcohol but Joe has a solution to that in the form of a Brandy Alexander (made up of brandy and creme de cocoa). They eventually marry but their love is insufficient to prevent them from the downward spiral that alcohol brings to them. They try desperately to break the habit but continually relapse until only one of them manages to break free. Written by garykmcd

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From the days of wine and roses, finally comes a night like this. See more »

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Días de vino y rosas  »

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The cast and crew were very concerned that the bleak ending would be changed. Director Blake Edwards recalled for Entertainment Weekly magazine that studio head Jack L. Warner wanted a lighter ending, but he came into a screening with a very attractive date who blasted the decision. Warner reluctantly gave in. In addition, Jack Lemmon purposely flew to Paris after filming had wrapped so he would be "unavailable" for re-shoots. See more »

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When Joe returns to Ellis Arnesen's greenhouse to pay the first instalment of the five hundred dollars, the first shot of Ellis shows him writing something on a "podium." As he turns around to face Joe, a hand appears below the podium to support it, but there's no one else in the greenhouse. See more »

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[Joe forces Kirsten to look in a mirror]
Joe Clay: I walked by Union Square Bar. I was going to go in. Then I saw myself - my reflection in the window - and I thought, "I wonder who that bum is?" And then I saw it was me. Now look at me. I'm a bum. Look at me! Look at you. You're a bum. Look at you. And look at us. Look at us. C'mon look at us! See? A couple of bums.
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Days of Wine and Roses
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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This film made me want to attend a AA meeting....and I never drink
24 January 2002 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Started off a little slow but turned into one of the hottest dramas I've ever seen. Remick and Lemmon were sensational as the two drunks who couldn't control their actions after a few drinks. I had to laugh at some of their antics, but the greenhouse scene and especially the pitiful, horrible DT's in the rubber room were sobering indeed. Great picture showing the ravages and uselessness of booze.


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