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Alfie (1966)

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



(screenplay), (based on the play: "Alfie")
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Vivien Merchant ...
Lily Clamacraft
The Doctor
The Abortionist
Alfie Bass ...
Sydney Tafler ...


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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Michael Caine is Alfie is Wicked ! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

24 August 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfie  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


First of four Michael Caine films also featuring Denholm Elliott. See more »


Alfie's seduction of Lilly takes place in midsummer. The next time we see her we are told that three months have elapsed, but the foliage still shows it to be midsummer. See more »


Alfie: You're not entitled to secret thoughts!
Annie: Everyone's entitled to secret thoughts!
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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 »


Followed by Alfie Darling (1975) See more »


Vocal by Cher
Produced by Sonny Bono (as Sonny)
Composed by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
(U.S. version)
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An excellent introduction to Michael Caine's work
15 November 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Having seen most of Michael Caine's work before, it was a pleasant surprise to see one of his first films. You can tell that it is one of his early roles and was not made with a large budget, but, as a good film should portray, it is quite clearly the quality of the script and the acting that outshines the sets and other superfluous aspects.

Caine's character is inherently unlikeable, but, he exudes such a strong charisma that one warms to him gradually. The films choice of supporting actress is also well done as they are controlled by Caine's character, but not upstaged.

The ending, for me is the key point in liking Caine's character, as without spoiling the film, the final scene, set against the Thames at night, is an outstanding piece of writing and direction.

Alfie is an excellent introduction to Michael Caine's work and, for all its flaws, it remains an outstanding film.

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