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Alfie (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 24 August 1966 (USA)
An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

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(screenplay), (based on the play: "Alfie")
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Lily Clamacraft
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Frank
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For Alfie, the only real life is sex life; only then can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to 'the top'. Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the 'birds' are in 'beautiful condition', as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which the film carries over from "Tom Jones". The film shows how much of the 'swinging 60's' quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Drama

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Several well-known actors (including Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, James Booth, and Anthony Newley) turned down the title role, due to the then taboo subject matter of abortion. Despite having played "Alfie" on Broadway, Terence Stamp categorically declined to reprise the role on film, thus giving his good friend, and then roommate Michael Caine, the breakthrough role of his career. See more »

Goofs

Fly-wire visible on the guy who is thrown through the paneling at the end of the pub fight. See more »

Quotes

[speaking to camera as he is kissing Lily Clamacraft]
Alfie: Well, what harm can it do? Old Harry will never know. And even if he did, he shouldn't begrudge me - or her, come to that. And it'll round off the tea nicely.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film Michael Caine talks to camera and explains that there will be no opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

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Alfie
Vocal by Cher
Produced by Sonny Bono (as Sonny)
Composed by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
(U.S. version)
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Deeper than it seems at first glance
20 June 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a seriously good comedy. Michael Caine is delightfully saucy as the title character. He ought to seem a cad, and at times he is, but he takes his lumps too, and takes them in stride. The supporting cast is very effective, with especially excellent performances by Jane Asher, Shelley Winters and Millicent Martin. The camera work is also notable, and London serves as an effective backdrop. Definitely worth a look, and a reminder Michael Caine was as good then as he is now.


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