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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 & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The last great film about alcoholism. 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 film's title comes from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis" by Ernest Dowson: "They are not long, the days of wine and roses: / Out of a misty dream / Our path emerges for a while, then closes / Within a dream." Dowson also wrote the poem from which the title Gone with the Wind (1939) came.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Shadow of boom mic visible on man's jacket passing on the sidewalk.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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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The last great film about alcoholism., 4 August 1999
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Actually, I think it's only the second, after "The Lost Weekend" in 1945. I apologise if there's any others I don't know about. But it's certainly true that the made-for-TV movie has ruined the genre. Today's alcoholism movies are dreary considered as movies, and offer no pleasure except indulgence of a feeling of moral superiority - which, it seems, is enough for some. It was just this dull moralising that "The Lost Weekend" and "Days of Wine and Roses" broke away from.

Forget about issue-of-the-month TV. Edwards wanted a film that was realistic AND worked as a story, and he found one.

Indeed this is his finest work. He gets great performances out of his two stars - here he was considerably more lucky than Wilder was, although there's nothing wrong with Wilder's cast. The story appears to wander but is really quite tight. Some scenes are fun; many dig into you like small knives. Perhaps there's one too many premonitions at the beginning (this is a problem Wilder didn't have, since his central character was an alcoholic at the start); and some may find that the guy from Alcoholics Anonymous near the end is a bit too good to be true. I also wish that Henry Mancini had stood firm against the temptation to write a smoozy bubblegum theme song for the opening credits. None of this matters, though. Your eyes will be on the central characters the whole time.

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