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Alfie (2004)

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A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

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Charles Shyer

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Bill Naughton (play), Bill Naughton (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Alfie
Renée Taylor ... Lu Schnitman (as Renee Taylor)
Jane Krakowski ... Dorie
Jeff Harding ... Phil
Marisa Tomei ... Julie
Kevin Rahm ... Terry
Max Morris ... Max
Omar Epps ... Marlon
Nia Long ... Lonette
Gedde Watanabe ... Wing
Jo Yang ... Mrs. Wing
Tara Summers ... Carol
Sam Vincenti ... Felix
Katherine LaNasa ... Uta
Claudette Mink ... Bitter Girl
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Storyline

Finding it hard to settle down and commit himself to only one woman, the unrepentant philanderer and undeniable ladies' man, Alfie, is a charming British bachelor who cruises the streets of New York as a limousine chauffeur. In his impeccable suits, the silver-tongued Casanova is simply irresistible; however, things will take a turn for the unexpected, when a night of unrestrained passion seriously tests Alfie's frivolous approach to life. In the end, is Alfie happy, and, above all, what's it all about, then? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A player until he got played See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's It All About, Alfie? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,218,335, 7 November 2004

Gross USA:

$13,399,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,060,882
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Charles Shyer, in the shot where Alfie (Jude Law) punches a car windshield, Law actually cracked the windshield. Apparently, the actor wasn't able to put as much effort into punching it until Shyer told him to imagine that it was the paparazzi. As a result, Law punched so hard that a sledgehammer had to destroy the cracked windshield. See more »

Goofs

When Alfie is driving from Manhattan to visit Marlon and Lonette, he crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, which goes to Long Island, not upstate New York where they live. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alfie: You're lucky you know. I rarely allow anyone into my flat.
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank residents and businesses of Northern Quarter Manchester See more »

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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.17 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Woman's Got Soul
(1965)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It's fresh, colourful and funny
23 November 2004 | by max-rupertSee all my reviews

What's it all about? (opening line from the original-movie 1966)

"Alfie" is a remake of the 1966 British film that made an international star of Michael Caine. It takes a story very much associated with a particular time and place -- London in the swinging '60s -- and successfully transplants it to modern-day New York City. The cockney lothario played by Caine has been turned into a working-class British émigré played by Jude Law, who makes Alfie a bit less cockney and a bit more self-aware.

Alfie's a smooth talking Londoner in New York who does his very best to avoid succumbing to the dreaded 'c' word commitment. Along the way, we're introduced to some of his ladies on the go – Dorie, Julie, Liz and Nikki, to name but a few.

Like the earlier "Alfie," it's the story of a sexually promiscuous man. Alfie (Law), a chauffeur, lives in a small Manhattan apartment and dedicates his life to seducing women. Talking directly into the camera, and preening with a self-satisfaction so complete as to seem a form of innocence, he expounds on clothes, the proper application of cologne and the various rules he employs in his libidinous pursuits. His goal, it seems, is to have sex with as many women as possible but to get close to none of them.

Each one starts off as a fling, but somehow manages to influence Alfie's life. He slowly starts to realize that he is actually alone and that there is more to life than what he has done so far.

Like the earlier "Alfie," the new version could be called a cautionary tale, about a way of life that leads to the existential confusion embodied in the famous catchphrase, "What's it all about?"

Anyone we know in it? Jude Law is fresh and funny as Alfie, with just the right amount of smug attitude. The stunning Sienna Miller is the beautiful but 'damaged' Nikki, and Susan Sarandon sizzles as the sexy older woman, Liz. There's also Marisa Tomei (Julie), Nia Long (Lonette) and Omar Epps plays Alfie's best friend, Marlon.

Would I recommend it? Definitely. Although remakes do not usually come through smelling of roses, this one does. It's fresh, colourful and funny. Jude Law is magnificent, introducing us to a slightly warmer side of Alfie than Michael Caine.


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