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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.

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

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Lily Clamacraft
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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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Michael Caine is Alfie See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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24 August 1966 (USA)  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

First cinema film of Vivien Merchant. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alfie: She's got a little ginger moustache. But I find I'm quite willing to overlook the odd blemish in a woman, providing she's got something to make up for it. Well, that's what we're all here for, innit - to help each other out in this life.
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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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Featured in The Making of 'The Italian Job' (2003) See more »

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Alfie
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Arranged by Burt Bacharach
Performed by Cilla Black
Produced by George Martin and Burt Bacharach (uncredited)
(U.K. re-release)
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Cheeky Cockney Chappy
9 November 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of Caines best films and proof that with the right material he can be a very good actor. The story is based on the popular 1960's British theme of human emotions and how the central character faces up to their shortcomings. Alfie, the character, is a dinosaur by today's standards, but there were, and still are men who behave in this way. The film broke new bounds at this time, particularly with the abortion scene. It is said that many cinema-goers walked out in disgust at this harrowing point in the film. How times change. Denholm Elliot's short performance as the sleazy abortionist is worth a mention here as it captures the filthiness of the moment perfectly.

In fact all the supporting roles are excellent. As a period 1960's piece, the film is almost flawless and Sonny Rollins' jazzy soundtrack is beautiful. The ending of the film is very moving with Caine summing up his life and the arty end credits being run whilst Cher sings Burt Bacharach's "Alfie" theme tune. Watch it and your views on life will change.


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