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Alfie (1966)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 24 August 1966 (USA)
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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 Clamacraft
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 this movie carries over from Tom Jones (1963). This movie shows how much of the "swinging 60s" 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 is Wicked ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,871,300
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie cost only five hundred thousand pounds sterling, about which Director Lewis Gilbert famously quipped that the sum was "the sort of money executives spend on cigar bills". See more »

Goofs

When Alfie is in the doctors office and looks out of the window at the funeral, the window frame is of a different sort to the one we see of the interior. See more »

Quotes

Alfie: What I loved once and what I love now are two different things.
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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 Hollywood U.K.: Northern Lights (1993) 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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Rogue on the loose
9 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Alfie Elkins, that irresistible roguish Cockney character, takes us into his confidence right at the start of this film, as he invites us, his audience, to follow him in this fantasy filled with sex that reflected a Mod society of London in the sixties. Alfie, by talking directly to the camera, seems to be performing asides a character would do in a play to emphasize a point. Some comments in here indicate they are an annoyance, but in fact, they enhance the charm of Alfie. He is a happy go lucky man who scores with all kinds of women, who find him, not only attractive, but hard to forget. Alfie is not bashful in telling us his sexual encounters with the women we get to meet.

Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film made an impact when it was released. Watching it in the DVD format, one can clearly see the film has been preserved well. It still has a crisp look and frankly, it doesn't have that "dated" look of other films of that period. Aside from some of those 60s hair styles, seen in some of the actresses, the film looks as though it was recently shot.

This is a film to relish Michael Caine in one of his best creations. As Alfie, he is never mean. He is a man who is only interested in satisfying the women he meets. This was Mr. Caine's break through film, which indicated, even then, his potential as the versatile actor one has always cherished.

The women in Alfie's life show a lot of different types. Shelley Winters is at her best with her take of Ruby, the wealthy American "bird" that loves her encounters with Alfie. Millicent Martin, seen briefly, makes a fun Siddie. Vivian Merchant is Lily, the married woman who strays when she can't resist Alfie's charms. Jane Asher as Annie is excellent. Julia Foster plays Gilda, the only one to give Alfie an heir. Eleonor Bron is seen briefly. Alfie Bass is the only actor who has any extended role in the film.

This is a film that reflects that sexual liberating era.


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