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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.

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(screenplay), (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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Complete credited cast:
... Alfie
... Ruby
... Siddie
... Gilda
... Annie
... Carla
... Lily Clamacraft
... The Doctor
... The Abortionist
Alfie Bass ... Harry
... Humphrey
... Nat
Sydney Tafler ... Frank
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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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Winner of the Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,871,300
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(RCA Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second billed Shelley Winters only has three scenes. See more »

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Alfie's seduction of Lilly takes place in midsummer. The next time we see her we are told that three months have elapsed, but the foliage still shows it to be midsummer. See more »

Quotes

Alfie: I've told you before to be careful where you put your legs.
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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 Visionado obligado: El experimento (2012) See more »

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Rolling Bones
by The Screaming Nadgers
[Instrumental as heard in Motorway Café]
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Great period piece dealing with universal questions
23 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie has long been one of my favorites. It is one of the few quintessentially "60's" movies, using filming methods that were quite unusual at the time (the direct dialogue between the main character and the audience, for example). While its style is clearly confined to that era, and England in particular, its subject matter is profoundly universal.

The subjects of love and devotion, or more accurately their opposites, philandering and infidelity, are treated with a unique sensitivity in the script. Michael Caine is at once both lovable and detestable, perfectly characterizing the age-old dynamic between the need for love and the need for physical pleasure. But this is not a feel-good movie, it is a movie that explores the difficult decisions that confront a person as they mature in both life and love, and it conveys the basic feelings that are present in all human beings, regardless of outward appearances.

I would recommend this as a thought-provoking exploration of human nature.


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