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Alfie (1966)

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An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Bill Naughton (screenplay), Bill Naughton (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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Alfie
Shelley Winters ... Ruby
Millicent Martin ... Siddie
Julia Foster ... Gilda
Jane Asher ... Annie
Shirley Anne Field ... Carla
Vivien Merchant ... Lily Clamacraft
Eleanor Bron ... The Doctor
Denholm Elliott ... The Abortionist
Alfie Bass ... Harry
Graham Stark ... Humphrey
Murray Melvin ... Nat
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Frank
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Michael Caine is Alfie is Wicked ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,871,300
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alfie says in horror about the older Harry, "He's thirty-five years old!" In real life, Michael Caine was 33 in 1966, and Alfie Bass, who plays Harry, was 55. See more »

Goofs

In Alfie's final monologue to camera, the backdrop changes between cuts, from a view of the South Bank/Royal Festival Hall indicating Alfie is on the North Bank, to a view of the Houses of Parliament that would be visible from the South Bank only. See more »

Quotes

Alfie: [hugging Ruby] She's in beautiful condition.
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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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Rolling Bones
by The Screaming Nadgers
[Instrumental as heard in Motorway Café]
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A classic in any era.
20 February 2004 | by ian-256See all my reviews

I have just managed to pick this film up on DVD for a bargain price for what is a classic in any era. The way the film is shot, Caine's acting and the music score just draw you in to Alfie's tale. The film does not hide from the grim consequences of Alfie's selfish life but at the end of it you feel sorry for him as his life is really empty as a result. A Film with a message & Caine is mesmerising in the lead role. Great soundtrack from Jazzman Sonny Rollins & the end theme by Burt Bacharach (and sung by Cher) is a classic ballad that leaves you in deep though after what you have seen ...


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