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Alfie (1966) Poster

(1966)

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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".
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For her few scenes with Sir Michael Caine, Shelley Winters couldn't understand his dialogue at all, due to his strong Cockney accent, and had to wait until her leading man stopped moving his lips before responding with her lines.
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Alfie says in horror about the older Harry, "He's thirty-five years old!" In real-life, Sir Michael Caine was thirty-three in 1966, and Alfie Bass, who played Harry, was fifty-five.
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The picture in Ruby's flat is Vladimir Tretchikoff's "Chinese Girl", popularly called "The Green Lady". It was one of the most popular and highest-selling prints of the 1960s.
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The hospital scene was filmed in, what is now, York House, the Town Hall in Twickenham, England.
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On its original release, this movie had an all instrumental soundtrack, by Sonny Rollins. The Oscar nominated song, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was added for the American release, and to a U.K. re-release. For the U.K. re-release, the song was sung by Cilla Black over the end credits, which went to number nine on the British charts. For the U.S. release, the song was originally to be sung by Dionne Warwick over the end credits, but was replaced at the last minute by the version sung by Cher. Ironically, Warwick's version outperformed Cher's on the Billboard charts. Burt Bacharach produced Cilla's version, although George Martin insisted his be the only name to be credited.
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To judge by Gilda's calendar (showing a date range from Saturday the 1st to Monday, July 31st) this movie began on Saturday, July 22, 1961.
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Several well-known actors (including Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, James Booth, and Anthony Newley) turned down the title role, due to the then taboo subject matter of abortion. Despite having played "Alfie" on Broadway, Terence Stamp categorically declined to reprise the role on film, thus giving his good friend, and then roommate Sir Michael Caine, the breakthrough role of his career.
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Second billed Shelley Winters only has three scenes.
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First of four Sir Michael Caine movies also featuring Denholm Elliott.
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The Jay twins, Helen and Catherine Jay, (daughters of former England ambassador to the U.S., Peter Jay and Margaret Jay, and great-grand-daughters of Ernest Jay) made one of their first public appearances in this movie.
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As Alfie enters the Busy Bee Transport Café, the camera cuts away, and on return, a fresh advertisement has been placed on the background windows. This is advertising the Rolling Stones, a relatively new group on the scene, around the time this movie was shot.
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A rarity in movies, Alfie (Sir Michael Caine) sporadically engages the audience by looking straight into the camera as he voices his thoughts, a technique known as "breaking the fourth wall". Lewis Gilbert would go on to direct Pauline Collins as the title character Shirley Valentine (1989), in which she also spoke her thoughts directly to the viewer.
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The power station in the background where Humphrey (Graham Stark) gives his mother's gold ring to Gilda (Julia Foster) is the Lots Road Power Station with its original four chimneys, each two hundred seventy-five feet (eighty-four meters) tall. Opened in 1905 to supply power to the newly electrified Underground railways, it was converted from coal to oil in the 1970s, and due to the lower emissions from gas, the numbers of chimneys needed was reduced, so two were removed. The station stopped generating power in 2002.
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Theatrical movie debut of Vivien Merchant (Lily Clamacraft).
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Alfie opened at the Morosco Theater on December 17, 1964, and ran for twenty-one performances.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song.
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The only movie that year nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and not in any Best Motion Picture category at the Golden Globes.
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Tippi Hedren, who was in London to film her scenes in a Charlie Chaplin movie, attended the London premiere on March 29, 1966. She sat right next to Director Lewis Gilbert when she fainted during the abortion scene.
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Features Vivien Merchant's only Oscar nominated performance.
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In one scene of the film, one of Michael Caine's girlfriend was actually Paul McCartney's gal in real life. And when the latest was on the set during the preparation of the scene and saw his mate wearing a man's shirt very short, too short and showing her legs above the knees, he asked the producers for a longer shirt for her.
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