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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
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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Michael Caine is Alfie See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1966 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,871,300
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Mono (RCA Recording System)

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song. 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 »

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[talking about Gilda's appearance while she is pregnant]
Alfie: Mind you, she came over quite beautified for a while, particularly during the early months. And I told her: I said "Blimey, girl, you ain't as ugly as I thought".
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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 CineMaverick TV: Episode #1.13 (2012) 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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Takes the Swing Out of Swinging London
28 December 2006 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Michael Caine plays Alfie, a hipster swinger in 1960s London whose attitudes and actions we abhor even as we warm to the twinkle in his eye.

Caine plays the role just right. The movie would go nowhere if he wasn't able to make us understand what about Alfie attracts women despite his treatment of them. The film has noble ambitions, and explores some pretty dark (and for the time, edgy) terrain, when Alfie's antics catch up with him and he leaves one of his conquests (played quietly by Vivien Merchant) in the hands of a sleazy abortionist. The look on Caine's face when he returns to his apartment and sees the aborted fetus, visual confirmation of his callous disregard, was enough on its own to earn him the Oscar nomination he received for this film.

Much of the marketing for "Alfie" positions it as a gay romp through the swinging 60s, but it's actually quite a bitter little pill to swallow, and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

With Shelley Winters as a blowsy American who's as good at playing Alfie as he is her.

Grade: B+


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