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Director:
Writer:
J.P. Miller (written by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1962 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This, in its own terrifying way, is a love story. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fantastic movie about alcoholism that rings true See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Joe Clay

Lee Remick ... Kirsten Arnesen Clay

Charles Bickford ... Ellis Arnesen

Jack Klugman ... Jim Hungerford
Alan Hewitt ... Rad Leland
Tom Palmer ... Ballefoy
Debbie Megowan ... Debbie Clay

Maxine Stuart ... Dottie

Jack Albertson ... Trayner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Arnold ... Loud Man (uncredited)
Roger Barrett ... Abe (uncredited)
Russ Bender ... (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Tenant (uncredited)

Mel Blanc ... Cartoons (voice) (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Gladys (uncredited)

Lynn Borden ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Boor (uncredited)
Jennifer Edwards ... Debbie Clay at Age 5 (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Tenant (uncredited)
Lisa Guiraut ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Attendant (uncredited)
Barbara Hines ... Guest (uncredited)
Charlene Holt ... Guest (uncredited)
Tai Yen Horowitz ... (uncredited)
Jerry Jensen ... Crewcut Man (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Rita Kenaston ... Tenant (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Prince (uncredited)

Ken Lynch ... Proprietor (uncredited)

John Bard Manulis ... (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edward O'Brien ... (uncredited)
Doye O'Dell ... Charlie Deans (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Tenant (uncredited)
Al Paige ... Tenant (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ... (uncredited)

Jack Riley ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Rosqui ... Bettor (uncredited)
Myrna Ross ... (uncredited)
Doc Scortt ... Boor (uncredited)
Robert 'Buddy' Shaw ... Tenant (uncredited)
Stanley Sober ... (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Nolan (uncredited)
Florence Stark ... (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lynn Terry ... (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Truax ... Attendant (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Landry (uncredited)
Charles Wood ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
J.P. Miller (written by) (as JP Miller)

Produced by
Martin Manulis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Phil Lathrop)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick McCormack 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joseph Wright)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Donfeld  (as Don Feld)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist: Lee Remick
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack McEdward .... unit manager (as Jack McEdwards)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Jack Cunningham .... assistant director (uncredited)
William F. Sheehan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ben Greenberg .... prop (uncredited)
Robert Turner .... prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound
Russell Ashley .... mixer (uncredited)
Robert Dunning .... cable (uncredited)
Ora Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Horace L. Hulburd .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Gerald Perry Finnerman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Malcolm Matheson .... grip (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Rolly Bundock .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: vibes (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa .... musician: French horn solo, title song (uncredited)
Dominic Frontiere .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Ronnie Lang .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: alto saxophone (uncredited)
Jack Sperling .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Lanphier .... dialogue supervisor
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (Cable TV rating) | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (w)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Lemmon enters the sleazy motel room where his wife is having a bender he presses the lower button on the old fashioned button type light switch to turn the light on. In fact, the electrical code called for the upper button to always be the ON button.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Clay:It's facing all the people.
Jim Hungerford:You sure?
Joe Clay:What do you mean?
Jim Hungerford:Well, it's facing yourself, isn't it?
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47 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic movie about alcoholism that rings true, 5 June 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This movie was first a television play performed live and then went on to Hollywood for a slightly glossier production. This is NOT a bad pedigree, as shortly before this the TV movie "Marty" was also brought to Hollywood and became one of the best movies of the 1950s. Both the TV and Hollywood versions are excellent--see either or both if you get the chance.

To me this movie is the antithesis of "The Lost Weekend". "The Lost Weekend" was not a very realistic portrayal of alcoholism in many ways--particularly the ending where the lead suddenly just kicks his addiction and everything is hunky-dory. Get real! ""Days of Wine and Roses instead does not pull punches. It refuses to give in to sentimentality and take the typical Hollywood approach to films. There is no happy ending, there were surprises and heartbreak--much like dealing with alcoholism in real life.

Because it would spoil it to give too much information, I will only briefly discuss the plot. Jack Lemmon is a business man who slowly goes from the "two martini lunch" to alcoholism. His acting was very convincing and gut-wrenching. Equally compelling is his wife, Lee Remick, who puts on the performance of her life as the long-suffering wife who slowly goes from co-dependent to alcoholism herself. I've worked in a chemical dependency program and I've got to tell you, all the excuses and bargains and excesses in the movie were exactly what my clients had said and done as well. It is obvious the writers were doing their homework, as the movie delivers on every level.

UPDATE: Since this review, I was able to see the original teleplay--which, along with a few other teleplays of the era, are available through the Criterion Collection. See this in its original form. While not nearly as glossy, it still packs a huge dramatic punch!

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