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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.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writer:

J.P. Miller (as JP Miller)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

In an article in the New York Times from March 25, 1961, it was announced that Karl Malden would play the role of Ellis Arnesen. However, Charles Bickford would reprise the role he played in the original version: Playhouse 90: Days of Wine and Roses (1958). See more »

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In Kirsten and Joe's closeup on the street outside of her office a shadow of the complete microphone unit, and boom arm, are visible for several seconds on the overcoat of a passerby coming up behind them. See more »

Quotes

Kirsten Arnesen Clay: Thanks for the compliment, but I know how I look. This is the way I look when I'm sober. It's enough to make a person drink, wouldn't you say? You see, the world looks so dirty to me when I'm not drinking. Joe, remember Fisherman's Wharf? The water when you looked too close? That's the way the world looks to me when I'm not drinking.
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Remake of Playhouse 90: Days of Wine and Roses (1958) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Music by Effie I. Canning
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Essential!!
14 March 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

Let me tell you something: to watch such an intense and heart-rending performance like Jack Lemmon's in "Days of wine and roses" is one of those exceptional things we bump into our lives. OK, Lee Remick does an outstanding job, but Lemmon's performance is simply supernatural. We got Picasso's "Gernika", Bowie's "Ziggy stardust", Wilde's "Dorian Gray"... and characters such as Joe Clat. Pieces of art, my friends.

Most of the people link the name of Blake Edwards to the high class comedy ("Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Pink Panther", "The Party"), but I'd dare to state that "Days of.." is his best movie by far. Step by step, Edwars shows us each and every stages an alcoholic gets through: from the party days to the "delirium tremens".

Ageless, universal, perfect... ESSENTIAL

*My rate: 10/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1963 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,123,077
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Company Credits

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Jalem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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