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Alfie (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  5 November 2004 (USA)
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A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

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In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A player until he got played See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use | See all certifications »

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5 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Untitled Alfie Remake  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,314,156 (UK) (22 October 2004)

Gross:

$182,412 (South Africa) (25 February 2005)
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Trivia

Nia Long who plays Lonette had a no-nudity clause in the contract for this film. See more »

Goofs

Right after the flower shop scene, Alfie rides his scooter to Liz's place. Only the flowers are not in the basket or anywhere on the scooter. Yet as he comes around the corner of the stairs towards the apartment, he has the flowers in his hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Alfie: You're lucky you know. I rarely allow anyone into my flat.
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The main credits at the end of the picture show the person's face alongside his or her name. Even Michael Caine is pictured, alongside Bill Naughton's credit. See more »

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References Let's Get Lost (1988) See more »

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In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
(1951)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Mary Carewe & The Louis Vause Orchestra
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If you haven't seen the original...
21 October 2004 | by (Calif.) – See all my reviews

... as I haven't (FAR too young when it originally came out!), and can judge the movie without preconceptions, it's actually quite, quite good. From others' comments, I believe this should be called a reconception rather than a remake - and face it, if they followed the original, time-bound character/plot, it really WOULDN'T work today - so there is no sense in decrying that this isn't slavish to the Caine version. On its own terms, the movie is very stylish, with excellent cinematography, directing and editing, and the acting is top-notch across the board [For Broadway aficionados, look for Tony winners Jefferson (I Am My Own Wife) Mays as the Doctor and Hairspray's Dick Latessa as Joe].

Law is disarmingly charming as Alfie, and that goes a long way in selling the character, and making his attitude towards women somewhat tolerable. Of the women, Sarandon {looking incredible for 58! ... and delivering her final coup de grace with devilish elan], Long, Krakowski and especially (surprisingly?) Law's current squeeze Miller all make strong impressions. Tomei is OK, but is really neither attractive or special enough to justify Law's interest in her [and his fixation on her young son is a little creepy/unbelievable for such a womanizer]. The substitution of the interracial dalliance with Long for the abortion is a stroke of genius, as it will probably have the same 'shocking' effect for some in the audience. Yes, the direct address is a little jarring at times, but is necessary and DOES follow the original.

On the minus side, the Mick Jagger/Dave Stewart music DOESN'T work, but Joss Stone's remake of the title song is effective. If you can forget, or better yet, haven't seen the original to compare this version to, I think you will find it a very entertaining, relevant movie (compared to most Hollywood remake dreck). I wouldn't even be surprised to find this garnering quite a few Oscar noms (given this year's weak field) come the end of the year... Give it a chance.


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