IMDb > Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Days of Wine and Roses
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Days of Wine and Roses -- Jack Lemmon stars as an alcoholic who leads his attentive wife into a downward spiral of addiction & self-destruction.
Days of Wine and Roses -- Trailer for this classic film


User Rating:
7.9/10   8,544 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
J.P. Miller (written by)
View company contact information for Days of Wine and Roses on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
26 December 1962 (USA) See more »
This, in its own terrifying way, is a love story. See more »
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 »
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations See more »
(112 articles)
Secretly Scary: 1962’s Days Of Wine And Roses
 (From shocktillyoudrop. 19 November 2015, 7:30 AM, PST)

John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 6 July 2015, 12:37 PM, PDT)

Cinema at 33 1/3 Rpm
 (From MUBI. 1 June 2015, 4:49 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The last great film about alcoholism. See more (93 total) »


  (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:
Leon Alton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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)
Russell Custer ... Alcoholics Anonymous Member (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jennifer Edwards ... Debbie Clay at Age 5 (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Tenant (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Party Guest (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)
Mathew McCue ... Alcoholics Anonymous Member (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)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Jack Lemmon's and Lee Remick's San Francisco residence is located at 1800 Pacific Avenue between Franklin and Gough Street.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Kirsten Arnesen Clay:Thanks for the compliment, but I know how I look. This is the way I look when I'm sober. It's enough to make a person drink, wouldn't you say? You see, the world looks so dirty to me when I'm not drinking. Joe, remember Fisherman's Wharf? The water when you looked too close? That's the way the world looks to me when I'm not drinking.See more »
Movie Connections:
I Only Have Eyes for YouSee more »


What is 'Days of Wine and Roses' about?
How does the movie end?
Was Jack Lemmon an alcoholic in real life?
See more »
35 out of 42 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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (93 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Wife ripe for alcoholism skparks05
Breastfeeding ldetre
Where's The US TV Version ? (SPOILERS) jgbook2007
Reasons For Alcoholism nterpryz
AA protocol ahall-3
Question........ flkfrek-1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Gone with the Wind Original Sin Blue Valentine Come Back, Little Sheba The Kite Runner
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.