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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 4 February 1963 (Brazil)
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An alcoholic marries a young woman, who he systematically addicts to booze, so they can share his "passion" together.

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Blake Edwards

Writer:

J.P. Miller (as JP Miller)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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 Megowan ... Debbie Clay
Maxine Stuart ... Dottie
Jack Albertson ... Trayner
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Joe Clay is a top-notch public-relations man. Anything a client wants, Joe can arrange, from dancing girls to an article in a prominent magazine. But part of the job is drinking, and Joe's ability to consume alcohol seems boundless. When he meets the very pretty Kirsten Arnesen, she prefers chocolate to alcohol; Joe's solution is Brandy Alexander, which is made up of brandy and crème de cacao. Joe and Kirsten eventually marry, but their love can't prevent the downward spiral brought on by alcohol. They try desperately to break the habit but continually relapse until only one of them manages to break free. Written by garykmcd

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Nights of Shame and Terror! See more »

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Jack Riley's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Lemmon enters the sleazy motel room where his wife is having a bender he presses the lower button on the old fashioned button type light switch to turn the light on. In fact, the electrical code called for the upper button to always be the ON button. See more »

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[Joe offers to reconcile with Kirsten - but only if she quits drinking]
Joe Clay: You remember how it really was? You and me and booze - a threesome. You and I were a couple of drunks on the sea of booze, and the boat sank. I got hold of something that kept me from going under, and I'm not going to let go of it. Not for you. Not for anyone. If you want to grab on, grab on. But there's just room for you and me - no threesome.
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Referenced in The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

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Days of Wine and Roses
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Chorus
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Mesmerizing
10 August 2003 | by redservoSee all my reviews

Like standing on the edge of a black hole, this movie tantalizes the audience in the beginning, then plunges you into the dark, vast horror of alcoholism.

Jack Lemmon has always been a personal favorite of mine, especially for screwball comedy. But, just like Robin Williams, Lemmon is capable of turning heads w/ his dramatic roles. "The Days of Wine and Roses" is a showcase of that dramatic talent. And along with Lee Remick, this film's performances exceed all expectations. The direction and cinematography utilizes the black and white medium to it's fullest extent, while the script is earthy, human and most of all, believable.

This is a tour de force in the craft of modern filmmaking. And an absolutely essential requirement for aficionados of the dramatic genre. How Remick and Lemmon managed to be past up for the best actor/actress Oscar for their phenomenal performances never ceases to amaze me. Twenty years later, their performances are just as fresh, relevant and just as powerful.

There was no sugarcoated ended. This film sought to depict alcoholism as the demon it truly is, and that sometimes, people just don't get well, despite all the love and support that's offered to them.

If you've never seen it, rent it. Just be sure to rent it in letterbox, to maintain the movies original ratio. A film this beautiful needs to be seen in it's best form. Take someone you love along with you for the ride.


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Release Date:

4 February 1963 (Brazil) See more »

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$8,123,077
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